Welcome to week 5 of Whimsical Wednesdays- How to Stop Negative Inside Chatter. You’ve arrived as we are learning how to stop negative internal chatter and replace that negativity with Paul’s to-think list from Phil. 4:8 week by week. This week on our to-think list: things that have a good report.
Hmmm. Being intentional about our thought lives is a critical element to crushing negative internal chatter. And Paul says we’re supposed to think on things of “good report.” In the ESV, the translation uses the word “commendable.” Because I’m a word freak, I love researching the various translations and words to help me understand the meaning of the original language. When I drilled down into the meaning of a “good report,” the definition discovered was “things spoken in a kindly spirit, with good-will to others.”
Today I was reading Suzanne Eller’s “The Unburdened Heart” and in chapter 9, You Get Over the Little Stuff, she says:
Funny how we can hang on to one slip of the tongue for so long.
You see, you, me, we take that one negative sentence someone said and in our minds, we replay it over and over again. Pretty soon, the significance of the statement resonates with magnetic power and our thoughts appear to be on steroids over one.teeny.tiny.statement in a sea of good reports.
That college teacher who gave a B when it should have been an A. Even though that was the only B received the entire year.
The girl who remarked that the dessert you made for the tea could have been better if you had added more sugar. Though 40 other people complimented its beauty and delight.
The co-worker who felt you could have improved your presentation if you’d only spent a few more minutes tweaking it. But the boss knew you deserved the promotion as a result of that very presentation.
Treat that one.teeny.tiny negative statement in a sea of good reports as the speck of sand that it is.
I believe Paul is telling me to take allllll the book reviews on Amazon and focus on the positive ones. And use alllll the sweet emails from readers to fan the flame of the love of writing. And place allll those kind words received in social media messages on the replay button of my mind. The things spoken in a kindly spirit, with good-will. That’s one of the translations for me, and now:
What does this mean for you?
Maybe it means remembering why you married your husband when his words got a bit jumbled.
Perhaps it means focusing on that one positive action from your child for the day.
Or it could mean reflecting on the sweet smile of the cashier before she spilled your coffee this morning. Or the time God gave you to pray while you waited in traffic for forty-five minutes. Or how much time your pastor put in to prepare his sermon.
Bloggers, love to have you link up any encouraging post this week!
What good reports do you have to think on? Go ahead, I’m giving you permission to brag about the sweet gifts of words God has given to you, about you, from others!