Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Mind Over Matter

I was introduced to Winnie the Pooh many years ago.  But even now as an adult, I have an unexplainable attraction to Pooh and his friends.  If you have ever stopped long enough to watch some of the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, you will witness a strength of friendship that is hard to find.  Here is an example of a conversation between Christopher Robin and Pooh:

Christopher:  Pooh, promise you won't ever forget about me, ever.  Not even when I'm a hundred.

Pooh, pausing to think:  How old shall I be then?

Christopher:  Ninety-nine.

Pooh, nodded:  I promise.

There are lots of Pooh-isms that are fun to read.  And since he is a bear who loves hunny, and I like to eat, he is very near and dear to my heart.  I like to eat things.  Happy, sad, stressed, tired.  Anytime is hunny time!

The last few days have been mentally draining.  It may sound slight to you but my puppy is having health problems and it is difficult to handle, emotionally and financially.  So guess what?  My Pooh Bear tendancies have taken control and I have fallen off the food plan wagon.  And not just one meal.  Many.

But here is a Pooh-ism that can help for today, whether you are fighting an addiction to hunny or just have something to overcome:  Mind over matter.

It is a fight in the mind to choose the right answer, to overcome bad thoughts, to stick to a promise, to be courteous, to eat right.  If we can control our thoughts, we can control our actions.  Slow down and think before speaking, acting, eating!  CHOOSE what you will do, what you will think, how you will act. 

Recently Pastor Joel Osteen's daily devotion said this about "One Thought at a Time":

 “...take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ”(2 Corinthians 10:5, NIV)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
Transforming something in your life whether it’s your attitude, mindset, financial situation or bringing change into a relationship can seem like an overwhelming task. But as the old saying goes, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” Likewise, the way you change your life is one thought at a time.
Your thoughts set the direction of your life. If you need to change the direction you are headed, you simply need to change your thoughts in that area. When a thought comes to your mind that “you’re never going to get well; this is your lot in life,” don’t dwell on that. Don’t sit around and have a pity party. No, immediately reject it and replace it with God’s Word. Just say, “Father, You said in Isaiah, ‘By the stripes of Jesus I am healed.’ You said in Jeremiah, ‘You would restore health unto me.’ So Father, I thank You that I’m coming out of this in the name of Jesus.”
I encourage you to be aggressive in taking every single thought and making it obedient to Christ. Stay determined, stay focused and keep declaring His Word because you can change your life, one thought at a time!

Isn't it the truth?  As those wrong thoughts invade your mind and take over your day and your attitude, replace those negatives with a positive.  Mind over matter.

And the rest of that little tune says:  Mind over matter, will make the Pooh un-fatter!