According to the Cleveland Clinic, 80 percent of our thoughts are negative.
Willie Nelson was right: “Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.”
Let me help. Here are a few positive thoughts that will shape your future. When you have a few moments alone, perhaps driving in your car or between meetings, repeat these statements. Make them your own.
- I can overcome.
- Yesterday is not my future.
- My mistakes do not define me.
To the church of Philippi, Paul had much to say about our thought lives.
“Do not be anxious about anything” (Philippians 4:8).
“Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” (Philippians 4:8).
Recovery Step: Quit thinking about where you’ve been and start thinking about where you’re going.
Author: Mark Denison
Mark and Beth Denison, married for 36 years, launched There’s Still Hope as a national movement to call men and women into lives of sexual integrity. Their ministry offers 90-day recovery plans for addicts and one-on-one and group coaching for addicts and their spouses. TSH also produces resources for pastors and churches to confront the porn epidemic that is destroying so many lives.
Dr. Denison was a senior pastor for over 30 years, NBA chaplain, and board chairman at Houston Baptist University three times. With a Master’s Degree in Addiction Recovery, Mark is a certified PSAP and active member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.
Mark has written four books on recovery: Porn in the Pew, 365 Days to Sexual Integrity, A 90-Day Recovery Guide, and 40 Days to Porn-Free Living. His latest book, Jesus on the 12 Steps, will be released later this year.