I don’t know about you, but I grew up hearing about the Power of Positive Thinking-type concepts. Some of these were written about in Norman Vincent Peale’s many books. Some were bandied about in my family and at school.
Yet there are days when the frustrations or unforseen events of life seem to have a domino effect. My reactions to some of these thing or to harsh words at times have me overreact. That turns me into a kite with a death wish, crashing to the ground. That of course keeps me from being positive. George Foreman said “Being angry and resentful of someone is like letting them live rent-free in your head”. That is so true! Now I ask you, if you were a landlord, which tenant’s lease would you renew: (1) a tenant who trashed the place, rarely paid the rent on time, and they invited all sorts of creepy friends over at all hours for wild parties—and they frightened the neighbors so much they moved out? or (2) a tenant who took care of the place and even noticed if litter was elsewhere on the property and picked it up, and always paid on time?
Of course you would pick the second tenant and gladly renew his/her lease. Yet we allow bad tenants to move into our heads. Or at least at times I do! SOOOOO~in the past few weeks I have given some of those interlopers the boot from my head and heart. Oh, some of those creepy folks sneak back in….but eventually I can hear them and smell them. I do not evict them all by myself~I ask God to evict them. After all, He is WAY stronger!!
Controlling my emotions and my actions and reactions to things is something I can do for me. Of course, some days I succeed and some days I fall short. But lately I have asked God to help me to NOT let bad tenants live in my mind and heart.
Each day, here in my desert home, at some point during the day (and first thing in the morning and last thing at night) I mentally head to the shore and hop in the boat with Him. Come row with Him today. There is always room for more people in His boat.