TOLERANCE TO NEGATIVE THINKING
CHARACTERISTICS OF A NEGATIVE OPERATING SYSTEM
The characteristics of a negative operating system are the
opposite to those of a positive operating system, and the
consequences of running a negative one can be devastating.
There is no limit to how bad your life can become when a
negative operating system controls your mind.
What are the characteristics of a negative
1. A negative operating system has a
A persistently negative focus creates a
consistently negative mind. When you select a negative
focus, you push your life in a negative direction, and there is
no limit to how bad your life can become. Despair and
depression become your constant companions if you let a negative
focus control you mind.
2. A negative operating system
interprets events in a negative manner.
All events are neutral until you decide
what they mean to you. If you choose a negative meaning,
your life immediately becomes worse. Thinking negative
always makes things worse. A negative operating system
takes molehills of adversity and converts them into mountains of
misfortune and misery.
3. A negative operating system
searches for the flaws in everyone's character.
A negative operating system searches for
the weakness and failures common to all people. Your bad
finder is up and running all the time. A negative
operating system is extremely efficient in this area.
Cynical and critical thoughts take over your mind as you become
an expert in identifying the failures and compromises other
people make in order to survive.
4. A negative operating system looks
for the bad in everything.
A negative operating system finds the
flies in the ointment of life and discovers the dark side of the
world in which they live. It keeps close accounts of just
how miserable their life is. Instead of counting their
blessings, they count their problems. Their bad finder
goes on steroids and rules their life. No matter how good
their life is, their bad finder identifies things to worry
about. Their world is full of disaster, pestilence,
plague, war, earthquakes, fires, and oppression. Their bad
finder works overtime 24 hours a day watching news channels
confirming that the world is in a terrible mess, and the chances
for improvement are bleak to nonexistent.
5. A negative operating system has
The future looks bleak and dark.
Things look like they are going from bad to worse, and you
believe there is no limit to how bad your life can become.
6. A negative operating system is
Incongruence literally tears you apart
because your mind, heart, and will all head in different
directions. Your intellect, emotions, and will speak with
three different voices, and they are all saying different
messages. You head wants one thing, your heart wants
something else, and your will is either unwilling, or only too
willing, and rushes off on adventures of its own.
7. A negative operating system has a
spirituality based on rules, regulations, rituals, and the need
to be right.
People with a negative operating system
have a pathological need to be right, and the core of their
spirituality is based on rules, regulations, and rituals rather
than on love. Their performance-oriented spirituality
tells them everything they can and cannot do. Their need
to be right makes them critical of other people who don't agree
with them. They overlook the fact that if their heart was
full of love, and if they sent that love to everyone, their
relationships with other people would immediately improve.
Furthermore, if they fell in love with God, and loved him with
all their mind, all their heart, and all their strength, their
rules, regulations, and rituals would be unnecessary.
8. A negative operating system has a
People with a negative operating system
struggle to create a self-image they can live with, but
ultimately, they know their self-image isn't the real thing, and
it will eventually collapse like a house of cards.
It's easier to survive the self-image wars
when people are young, healthy, and good looking. Still,
when they look closely in the mirror, they are afraid of what
they see. They know the gospel of self-image by heart;
image is everything. If that's true, you better call up
your favorite plastic surgeon, because there are some changes
you should make. How about a tummy tuck, maybe a face
lift, and certainly it wouldn't hurt to get rid of all those
wrinkles. Unfortunately, cosmetic surgery is only
temporary. It won't be long before you need another cosmetic
procedure to prop up your faltering self-image. No matter
how hard you try or how much money you spend, it's only a matter
of time before you are a casualty of the self-image wars.
You will be taken prisoner and cast on the trash heap, because
if you live long enough, you are going to grow very old and
wrinkled, and aches and pains will take over your life.
Eventually an old person is going to move into your body, and
the self-image wars will be over, and you will be free.
The irony is that if you had built your life on the fact that
you are made in the image of God, and that you are a reflection
of his image, all of the drama and pain would have been totally
unnecessary. You would have had a self-image you liked for
your entire life.
9. A negative operating system has
A negative operating system sets you
adrift on an ocean of low self-esteem. It's difficult to
like yourself when you are negative all the time and struggling
to make it through each day.
10. A negative operating system
suffers from power problems.
You lack power to get from where you are
to where you want to be. Although the most powerful force
in the universe is God's love, you never connect with it, and so
you never experience its transforming power. You put on a
brave face and struggle to do everything on your own.
11. A negative operating system
takes you to a negative destination.
The wheel of change always turns in the
direction of what you put into your mind, and when you fill your
mind with negative things, you travel to a negative destination.
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GOD SAYS EVERYONE IS BEAUTIFUL
The greatest weapon of mass
destruction in the past one-hundred years is not the atomic bomb,
anthrax, or nerve gas. It's television.
Television relentlessly hammers a destructive message into
everyone's mind, "Image is everything." We live
in an image-oriented society ruled by sound and video bites.
Public figures who lose their moral compass are found to have an
"image problem." Even in our private lives, image reigns
supreme. Maintaining and projecting a good image takes
mountains of cash, and what's worse, it's a moving target.
I'm always treating casualties of the image wars. Folks
think that they are too tall or too short, too fat or two thin.
Their nose is too big or bent this way or that. Teeth are
crooked, and their hair is the wrong color, too curly, or not
curly enough. Television advertises billions of dollars
worth of products that will help you correct all of your
deficiencies so that you project a desirable image.
If you bear deep scars from the image wars, I have good news for
you. God says that everyone is beautiful, and I'm inclined
to agree with Him.
God created hair, teeth, fingers, toes and noses. He also
created ears, eyes, arms and legs. When he was done with his
creation, He said it was good.
You face a choice. You
can listen to Hollywood tell you all the reasons why you fall
short of their beautiful image, or you can listen to the God
who created you.
If you are smart, you'll listen to God. God actually wants
you to live in an image-oriented lifestyle. After all, you
are made in the image of God; and you bear His likeness.
It's time for you to step up and live in the image of God.
That's who you really are, and don't you forget it.
You are truly beautiful.
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