Romans 12:2 (Amplified Bible) - "Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs] but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude]."
Especially around the holidays, you hear the phrase "Drink Responsibly" or "Don't Drink and Drive". It's an effort to convince people to stay off the road when drinking. I can't tell you how many stories I've heard lately about car accidents caused by drunk drivers, it's so selfish and beyond dangerous.
However, to "Think Responsibly" is the most important principle of our lives. Why? Proverbs 23:7 tells us that our whole life, and how we perceive other people and ourselves, is summed up in "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he". Your life is a product of your thinking.
Just like an alcoholic is addicted to alcohol, the "negaholic" is addicted to negative thinking. Positive thinking is a principle of the Word of God. It's thinking the best, the Word, in negative situations, it's a confident expectation of good.
"Negaholism" is something that can only be combated with one thing, the Word of God. We must be in a constant, and I repeat, constant state of renewing our minds. Here are four types of Negaholics...
Attitudinal Negaholics: they are successful people who are drivenVerbal
Negaholics: they are hopeless, helpless and unable to change their negative statements about themselves, others, situations, and just about everything.
Behavioral Negaholics: they try so hard that you don't want to fault them, but self-sabotage is written all over them.
The Perfectionist: they have high and unreasonable standards, anything short of perfection is unacceptable.
Let's make a commitment to be transformed in our minds by the Word of God. Let's get rid of any negative thinking patterns and replace them with positive expectations of good, which is the Word of God.