How to Have Positive Thoughts

Proverbs 27:9  (Dissected and Defined):
Ointment and perfume rejoice (make joyful) the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel (advice).

Daily Devo Paraphrase: A line of products that has made lots of money is the “ointments and perfumes” of our day.

Have you ever wondered why we spray ourselves with expensive colognes?  Or, why we light high-priced candles in our homes and offices?  Why do we buy little gadgets that plug into the wall?  We do it to make the room smell good; for that will simply “rejoice the heart.”

The heart is our meditator; it’s where we think.  Thus, it “rejoices our thinking.”  That is to say, it creates an atmosphere that relaxes our senses, if just for a few moments.

What you smell affects what you think, and what you think is the key ingredient for how you feel. Thus, we can conclude that what we smell affects how we feel!

I absolutely love my wife, Lori!  One of the millions of things I love is her perfumes.  After a long day, just the scent of her presence brings a smile and a relaxed moment of thought into a previously harrowing day.  Her smell regularly changes my thoughts, which changes the way I feel—bam! Just that quick!

Likewise, hearty counsel from a friend can be equally pleasant!  This form of “advice” reminds me of my pastor.  No matter how difficult my situation or how dire my circumstances, I leave his office with a smile, experiencing a relaxed moment of thought.  How? And why?  Because his advise is always biblical, and it comes with an air of hope.

Hearty counsel is one of the benefits afforded those who choose the right friends.  I have more than one “advisor” friend who can change the way I feel because he is able to quickly change the way I am thinking.  If I go to them it’s like—bam!  Just that quick! My thoughts immediately become more positive as they enlighten me to the Truth of any situation I am facing.

You may ask, what should you do with your stinkin’ thinkin’?  I say, plug it in, plug it in!  A “GLAD” air freshener will work wonders.

Steve Curington grew up in a Christian home and graduated from North Love Christian School in 1984. After high school, Steve started a 10-year addiction to alcoholism and cocaine. After a serious car accident, Steve found complete sobriety through his relationship with Jesus Christ. After his recovery in 1996, Steve began Reformers Unanimous, a faith-based addiction ministry. What started as a humble, Friday night addiction class with four regular attendees in Rockford, Illinois, grew to a class of more than 300 people from the community and then spread to other churches across the country and around the world. The founder of Reformers Unanimous International (RU) died suddenly on October 30, 2010. Mr. Curington, a husband and father of five children, was only 45, but he accomplished more in his 15 years of ministry than many do in a lifetime. We know his work, his writing, his voice, and his reach will live on.

2 thoughts on “How to Have Positive Thoughts

  1. Oh so true!!! I praise the Lord everyday for the joy He can give me in dire times!! As usual…..great reflection and love the signature ending!!!!! God Bless!!And I am going to keep saying it…..Miss you all soooooo much!!!

  2. So many times I dwell in the negative it is a direct result of not spending enough time with God . Praise God I don’t have to remain there! He is always faithful and waiting to hear from me!

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