Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Day 12: L is for Lovely

   If you've been following my A-Z challenge from the beginning, it's probably obvious that I'm a fan of all things positive and uplifting. I firmly believe that positive thoughts produce positive words and actions, which leads to a positive life; and I try to live out this believe every day. But I wasn't always like this. There was a time when I would have much rather brooded and resented every negative situation instead of choosing positivity and  joy. But then I read Think 4:8- Forty Days to a Joy-filled Life for Teens, and everything changed. Think 4:8 is a devotional book based off Philippians 4:8: "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."
   Whether or not you realize it, your thoughts have power. They control your mood, which controls your words and actions, which controls your life. Hurtful, angry thoughts lead to a hurtful, angry life. Joyful, lovely thoughts lead to a joyful, lovely life.
   Ronald Dahl once said, "If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely." But even more importantly, you will feel lovely. Who doesn't want to feel lovely?
   No matter what situations and circumstances you find yourself in, you must always choose positive thoughts. Let go of the thoughts that don't make you strong. Build yourself up in confidence and love. Choose loveliness.