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Sending Positive Thoughts Your Way

positiveEnergyWhat exactly does, “Sending positive thoughts your way” mean? Social media is ripe with individuals posting positive thoughts/energy for someone going through a tough time.

There are hundreds of books on the market about the power of positive thinking. Plenty of those published authors who have profited from that mindset, but I am curious about what that mindset entail. If for no one other than myself, I feel the need to tackle the ‘positive thoughts’ comment head-on because it continues to raise questions every time I see it.

I am the daughter of an Assembly of God minister and pastor. My daddy walked the walk that he talked; I don’t think you will find anyone who would disagree. The same couldn’t be said of me. It took a ‘whole lot of’ hardships and life learning curves before I was able to align myself to God’s truth and defined my opinion about the “Sending positive thoughts your way” message.

For the record, I am not a protester of positive thinking. I just don’t believe we are empowered to change anything within the life of someone else without the power of the Holy Spirit working within us. Face it, God is God and we are not. You can hold your breath and wish all the positive thoughts you want but it is prayer and supplication before the Throne of God that moves the obstacles we face in life.

All the positive thoughts in the world are void compared to the power of supplication before God. Supplication is a request that calls God to action and as we bow before Him, He talks to us from the Word. It is in those moments, we discover what His mind is about the petitioned situation.

The positive thought message, in my mind, is an indirect way to bypass any belief in God, Jesus, Scripture or the power of the Holy Spirit.

Want to send positive thoughts? God has no problem with that if it aligns with His Word AND those things your petition is an outcry to God Almighty to intercede on the behalf of others, as well as ourselves. Supplication is a humble attitude that recognizes God’s Glory. It isn’t about generating positive mental thoughts into the universe with hopes our telepathic thoughts will awaken some unknown energy force and return positive vibes to the intended recipient.

 

“And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.”
Luke 18:1
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
Hebrews 4:16

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MY CUP OVERFLOWETH

PoppyJuice“NeeNee,” shouted my youngest grandson at the top of his lungs, “I poured too much Poppy juice into my cup and it spilled all over.”

The grand kids coined the term Poppy Juice when they were old enough to drink from a sippy cup. It’s a blend of red fruit punch that Poppy mixes in a big jug; should it spill, you have one big sticky mess with a good chance it will stain whatever it penetrates.

I’m fairly certain permanent wheelie marks were left on my office floor as I flew out of my office chair in the direction of the kitchen. What I saw was a panic-stricken six-year old on his knees with paper towel stretched in every direction in an effort to stop the trail of red juice that covered the floor.

“I’m sorry, NeeNee, I didn’t mean to put that much in my cup.” The remorseful and tearful way in which he spoke those words resonated with me. In that moment, I saw myself at the feet of Jesus asking for forgiveness.

I can’t count the number of times my life’s cup has overflowed and required heavenly intervention and damage control to mop up my bad choice messes. Like my grandson, I tend to ignore the voice that continually calls out to be slow and careful and I find myself saying, “I’m sorry, Jesus. I wasn’t slow and careful like you asked. and my cup overflowed.”

With love and a forgiving spirit, my grandson and I worked together to bring restoration to a chaotic and messy situation. That’s exactly what Jesus does for us. When we cry out for help, He comes to us with love, mercy and forgiveness to clean the stains of sin that overflow from our life.

“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

Though we fall short of God’s glory, He made provisions to restore His glory within us through the cross of Jesus. He stands ready to restore our life messes and lead us in the paths of righteousness.