Thursday, October 22, 2009
By Norman Vincent Peale
For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor. - Psalm 8
Listen to what the psalmist says: "You made me a little lower than yourself, and you have crowned us with glory and honor. You let us rule everything your hands have made. And you put all of it under our power." Does this mean dominion over other people? Not at all. It means dominion over your own weaknesses, your fears, your sins, dominion over your grief, your frustrations and disappointments.
Are you letting your circumstances define you? Do you allow yourself to be a victim of everything and everybody? Here are some steps to help take control of your cirmcumstances:
1. Develop a clear picture of yourself becoming strong. Then hold that positive concept firmly in consciousness.
2. Practice this powerful creative thought: I can if I think I can.
3. Turn to God. He will give you rest. If the strain and burden of life may make you tired. Perhaps you are carrying life too heavily. It is our minds, not our muscles that become overtired.
4. See possibilities. No matter how dark things seem or actually are, raise your sights and see the possibilities—always see
them, for they're always there.
5. Remember: what you think you will become. Train your thoughts and become a conquerer of circumstance. Practice being a positive thinker.
6. Pray this prayer: "Lord, give me a high opinion of myself." Believe it. Know it. You are, if you allow yourself to be, a truly wonderful person. Realize and become the best that is within you.