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Negative Self-Talk and the Flat Tire

A businessman was on a trip out in the country on a country road when he had a flat tire.  Immediately he started talking to himself saying things like “It figures.  Nothing ever goes right for me.”  He opened the trunk to find out that there was no jack; it was in the other car.  So, he mumbled on, “Here I am late for an appointment with a flat tire and no jack…”

He looked around and noticed that just down the road and up a hill was this farmhouse.  Maybe he could ask for a jack there.  As he walked, he continued, “This person doesn’t even know me.  They’re not going to want to help me.  They probably don’t have a jack anyway, so I’m wasting my time.”  He started up the hill to the farmhouse, “Whoever lives here probably doesn’t want me coming to their house.  They’re probably busy.  They’re probably just mean anyway.  Most people in these parts are.  He’s probably going to bless me out….”

Suddenly a man came to the door and politely said, “Yes, sir, can I help you?”

The businessman just blurted out, “Ah, keep your stinkin’ jack!” and walked away.

Does this story reflect our own attitudes at times?  We know how powerful the mind can be at times.  May our hearts meditate on this familiar passage daily:

 “Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable–if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise–dwell on these things.” Philippians 4:6-8 (CSB)

Establishing my mind on God’s truths, Pastor Larry

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