God doesn't make bad things happen to good people. God is shaping you and making you into all you can be using his hammer of love. God is good, and He is good all the time. When He strikes with his hammer of love, good things always happen. If bad things are occurring in your life, it is not God who is making them happen. God's hammer of love always transforms bad things into something good.
Trusting God is especially important in hard times.
Bad things happen to good people all of the time. Sometimes they bring bad on themselves by poor choices that they make. At other times, bad things strike like a bolt out of the blue without rhyme or reason. Bad things just happen to the good and bad alike.
When you try to make sense of the human situation, it's easy to wonder if anyone is out there, and if anyone cares. Surely God could keep bad things from happening to the innocent.
After living for six decades, it's abundantly clear that life is a rite of passage in which we suffer and succeed, but suffering and success are not the end game. The real cosmic drama unfolds when suffering and success reveal who we are. It reveals whether we trust in the arm of flesh or in the love of God. It reveals whether we are grounded in time or eternity. It reveals whether we crumble and flee in the face of adversity, or whether we stand our ground and fight the good fight.
We have a hammer and anvil existence. Edwin Markham said it better than anyone:
For all your days be prepared, and meet them ever alike.
When you are the anvil, bear - when you are the hammer, strike. Edwin Markham
That is exactly where we live each day of our lives - between the hammer and anvil.
We go through periods where we have an anvil-like existence as adversity pummels us month after relentless month. The list of adversities is unlimited. Financial problems, depression, cancer, accidents, poor choices, bad decisions, and sometimes we suffer collateral damage from the destructive choices made by other people.
Nobody wants to be an anvil and everyone wants to be a hammer. A few months of being the anvil can suck all the joy out of your life, and you hunker down hoping that things will improve.
When things get really bad, you face a monumental choice. Are you going to become bitter, shake your fist at life, curse God, and die. Or are you going to do like Job who said, "Though He slay me, yet will I trust him."
Job lost everything including his health. There were times when it seemed like God was trying to kill him. It would have been easy to wonder if there was anyone out there, and if anybody cared. And if Job did that, he would have taken the easy way out.
But Job knew that there was no dark side to God. Bad things happen to good people all the time, and when they happen, they still trust God. That is why Job could say, "Though He slay me, yet will I trust him." Nothing could dissuade him of the goodness of God. Job knew how to be the anvil, and no matter how hard he got hammered by life, he still trusted God.
Job knew two important things that carried him through his anvil experience.
1. He knew that God has no dark side.
2. He knew that the hammer of God is love.
If you believe that God has a dark side, you have no way of making sense out of life when bad things happen.
It could be that you are experiencing God's dark side, and He is striking you with one-hundred thousand punishing volts to teach you a lesson. On the other hand, you could be just having a bad day, bad month, or very bad year.
Lots of people believe that when bad things happen, they are being punished by God for the wrong things they have done. They believe that God spends his time micromanaging their lives with a rod of iron. Everytime something bad happens, they climb into the electric chair of life, and they believe that God turns on the current.
I have news for people who believe that God has a dark side. They are simply wrong. God doesn't make bad things happen to good people.
Everyone needs to understand that THE HAMMER OF GOD IS LOVE.
God is shaping you and making you into all that you can be using his hammer of love. God is good, and He is good all the time. When He strikes with his hammer of love, good things always happen.
If bad things are happening in your life, it is not God who is making those things happen. God's hammer of love takes all the bad things that happen and turns them into something good.
God can use every experience and make something good come out of it.
If divorce comes into your life, God can use that.
If cancer comes into your life, God can use that.
If financial disaster comes into your life, God can use that.
If depression comes into your life, God can use that.
Every disaster you experience qualifes you to help other people experiencing the same challenge. The more disasters you experience, the greater your qualifications to help other people going through the same thing.
I have known thousands of people who feel like they have messed up their lives in a major way, and they are tempted to surrender to despair. They feel as if their failures have disqualified them from being loved and used by God. The truth is exactly the reverse.
Those who have failed and fallen short need to know that the mess they made of their lives will become their message when the hammer of God's love makes them into a new person. The fact that they have been living at the bottom of the barrel gives them unique qualifications that will be used by God to change the lives of millions of people who also feel down and out.
You may feel down, but you are never out, because the hammer of God's love is going to make your life into something beautiful.
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Positive thinking is the right type of thinking. It's the natural software for my mind.
My life is mine alone, and that is sufficient authority to grant me permission to live my dreams.
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I have never seen any handicap that made excellence impossible.
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The only way for my dreams to come true is for them to expand from my thoughts.
Ambivalence is the mortal enemy of my dreams.
I will live as if I am a great person. I will practice being great each day of my life.
Negative and limiting thoughts create a chemical imbalance in my brain and make me feel bad. Positive and unlimited thoughts restore the normal chemical balance, and I feel good once again.
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A persistently positive focus creates a consistently positive mind.
When will I get better? Improvement is only a thought away. The instant I think positive thoughts is when it happens.
I don't get what I want in life. I get what I expect. That's why Jesus said, "As you believe, so shall it be done unto you."
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Opportunity hides in plain sight, and until I have a dream, I can't see the opportunities that are right in front of my eyes.
I am still writing the story of my life and can make it into anything I want.
There is no limit to how good my life can become when I put positive things into my mind.
When I say yes to life, opportunities come so fast from so many different direction, it's impossible to take advantage of them all.
No matter what my age, I can still make my dreams come true. No matter how many times I have failed in the past, I can still make my dreams come true.
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When my beliefs are right, my world is right. My beliefs are the single most liberating or limiting factor in my life.
God placed dreams in my heart as a beacon that guides me through life. Those dreams get me up in the morning and carry me through the day. They keep me going when the going gets tough.
My beliefs create my personal world and give my life its meaning. They create the world as I believe it to be. It's my unique reality and is the only world I will ever know. I created it and must live in it.
My thoughts are important, because they determine where I go. My dreams don't happen by themselves. I must think and act them into existence.
A new beginning creates a new ending. I can change any area of my life. I am not a finished product. I am a work in progress.
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Focus gives me powerful leverage over my mind. When I focus on a thought, it forces my mind to look in the direction of that thought.
Change finally happens when I am ready to change. Change takes a long time, because I take so much time getting ready.
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Change first happens in my mind, and then it happens in my life. It's impossible to make a positive change without fist changing the way I think.
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Change happens when I think differently that I have always thought and act different than I have always acted. New thoughts and actions are necessary.
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The small challenges of life are the training ground for the great ones. If I remain faithful in small things, I experience a tidal wave of success that carries me to destinations far beyond my early limited dreams.
Today my life will count for something good.
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Every time a negative thought enters my mind I take positive action to eliminate that thought.
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Failure is never final unless I quit. Failure is a test, and if I keep moving in the direction of my dreams, I pass the test
Positive thoughts are hard to capture and keep in my mind. They flash by at the speed of light and then they are gone.
Great lives are guilt on great thoughts. I build my future thought by thought.
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I can change who I am by changing what I put into my mind. What I put into my mind is important because it changes who I am.
Excellence is the normal state of affairs in the human heart. God programmed excellence into my heart so that I would feel good when I live an excellent life.
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Life is a laboratory for testing the limitations found in my mind. Although limitations appear real, appearances are deceiving. The only way to find out if they are real is to test them.
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In the world of forgiveness, what goes around comes around. The forgiveness that I send to others comes multiplied back to me.
Resentment is a form of mental toxic waste, and the most effective method of removing it is the opposite from what I would expect. Instead of fighting against it, I must let it go.
Each negative thought weighs a psychological ton and carrying around a load of negativity is an unbearable burden.
Four laws of focus give me the leverage I need to have a consistently positive mind.
I repeat my positive thoughts until my mind repeats them back to me. I hijack my own mind and fly it to my own positive destination.
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