You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream (C.S. Lewis). I was thinking about the goals and dreams that I wanted to achieve for 2020 and I became bogged down with thoughts of negativity and questions flooding my mind. How would I ever find the time to accomplish these goals? Are my dreams too lofty? My thoughts turned to defeat: maybe I just need to scarp these goals and dreams and start over.

Later, I happened to read an article about a marathon runner, who when feeling fatigued, puts a smile on his face and thinks about things he is grateful; that sounds crazy, I thought. How can thinking positively change how your body feels? But I kept reading the article and it stated that science backs this up. A study in the journal Clinical Psychological Science found that people who engaged in positive self talk felt more energized than those with a negative mindset. They also had a lower heart rate and sweat response (how much you sweat in response to stress), which triggered a feeling of relaxation. This article captured my attention. 

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever (Psalm 107:1). Perhaps a positive and thankful attitude would help me in addressing my goals and dreams. I pray that as you begin the new year, you also will embrace each day with a positive and grateful attitude. May God bless you as you strive to achieve your goals and dreams for the coming year!


Dennis A. Voth is Pastor at Central Christian Church in Arkansas City.

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