Finally another major focus of my time is the classes which I am taking for Rochester Ministry Training Institute. I have 3 classes which require outside reading and homework. And the content of these classes is so rich. I'm flooding my head with new levels of understand of God, His Word, and the way ministry works.
Since I have so many positive focuses in my life, the majority of my time is spent focused on positive: what I have, what God's showing me, and preparing for my future. The beauty of a positive focus is that it keeps the negative thoughts away. You can't be positive and negative at the same time. By filling my life with things that are rewarding, valuable, exciting and positive, I am giving my emotions a heading. Much like a ship sets sail knowing what direction it needs to be going to reach its final destination, positive thoughts and activities set the course for my emotions.
I wish I could say I was smart enough to think of this on my own and plan it on purpose. But its God's leading that helped me to plan this month in a way that I would dictate its direction, instead of it dictating me. I've had hard moments: moments of regret, sadness and grief. but they have been just that: moments. I know I'm barely half way through the month, and the anniversary date is still ahead, but I know that with the focus I've had, I will be able to handle what still awaits me.
God reminds us in Phillipians 4:8, "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things." And I would add, participate in these things. For God has said that as we think, so we will become. So if I think on positive events, instead of dwelling on and mulling over the negative one, which I can't change anyway, I will become positive.
I challenge you today, what negative event are you focusing on? Stop! Plan some positive activities and thoughts into your life. Your focus will shift and you will experience peace, even in the midst of challenges.