Philippians 4:8 “Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable— if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
What goes in must come out. Our minds conform to whatever we focus our attention on. If we constantly think about the hardships in our lives, we may begin to lose confidence. It makes sense. If hardships are all we see, then we tend to think of ourselves as victims, and victims do not win.
What if we focus instead on what God’s Word tells us? As believers, we have many promises of hope. God empowers and enables us to do all things (Phil. 4:13). He trains our hands for battle (Ps. 18:34). He is for us, so who can be against us (Rom. 8:31)? In all things, we are more than conquerors (Rom. 8:37)!
It can be hard to change our mindsets, especially after years of focusing on negative thoughts, but it is never too late to start. Below are a three steps that may help you develop a new focus:
- Write God a letter telling Him what you’re thankful for.
- Memorize one of the verses mentioned here and repeat it whenever you are tempted to focus on hardship.
- Ask God for greater faith to believe in His goodness.