Devotion for June 15, 2022

“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.” (Philippians 4:8)

Positive self-talk isn’t a new concept; it’s a scriptural one. Paul writes, “Fix your thoughts on what is true … honorable … right … pure … lovely, and admirable … things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”

Here are three ways you can do that:

  1. Avoid comparisons. Each of us has a different skill set. You’re unique. The way you do things may differ from the techniques of others, but that doesn’t make it wrong. As the old saying goes, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.” (Try not to imagine how that adage originated!) Comparison is unwise, unfair, and fosters negativity. Unless you’re the reigning world champion, there’ll always be somebody better than you at a specific skill. So what? You don’t need another tiara!
  2. Tack on hope. The Bible says, “Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping — believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, ‘That’s how many descendants you will have!’” (Romans 4:18). And the psalmist said, “I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God” (Psalm 42:5). There’s power in the word “yet”. It can miraculously transform your “I can’t” perspective, into “I can with a little more time”. The difference is subtle but profound.
  3. Act positively to actually become positive. In Winning the Stress Challenge Dr Nick Hall cites a study confirming that signals transmitted to a person’s brain when they’re behaving a certain way, provoke similar physical and mental changes to those elicited by real emotional responses. In other words, putting on a happy face can truly make you feel happier. Try it!


Heavenly Father, help me today (and everyday) to put on a happy face and a positive attitude so that my actions and conversation may be positive and constructive to others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike

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