I love spring blossoms. My grandfather never referred to them as flowers. He picked the first dogwood he saw one year and sent it to me. I had it laminated and carried it in my Bible for many years until I lost it. Out of his dozens of grandchildren, it was a miracle that he took time to pick a blossom and send it to me through the mail. Every time I looked at that single laminated blossom, it took my thoughts to a happy place.
I heard someone today while flipping TV channels talking about the affect our thoughts have on our behavior and on our bodies. She was saying that dwelling on negative thoughts can actually make you sick. The chemicals and enzymes released in our bodies when we have angry, sad, or negative thoughts actually affect us in a negative way.
The Bible tell us to take our thoughts captive. In other words – be in control of the things we allow ourselves to think about and dwell on.
A few days earlier, I heard a minister say that if we give in to depression and hopelessness, those thoughts actually change the chemicals in our brain and cause us to act and react in a downward negative spiral.
On the other hand, if we think positive thoughts, and let ourselves feel joy and love, the impact on our physical being is good. We are healthier, happier, and heal more quickly.
Creativity flows far more easily through positive thoughts. We are more aware of other people and the world around us when our thoughts are in a good place. It’s as if we can see more clearly when we train ourselves to have a good mental attitude, a positive outlook, and a sense of gratitude for our lives and blessings.
We may not have officially recognized the following verse as a recipe for well being, but perhaps it is. Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”