Lifestyle coach and radio host Chinkee Tan said a big part of our success in life has a lot to do with “staying away from negative people” or staying away from anything that can feed your mind with junk – things that can make you fearful, anxious and worrisome.
Nick Vujicic was a living example of a man who could have just wallowed in life-long self-pity because of his physical disabilities. But who, with his parents and God’s help, was able to overcome depression and negative thoughts to live a victorious life that now inspires hundreds of thousands of people.
In retrospect, I remembered one of my college professors used tell us that “bad news is good news”.
The first time I heard, it made me think, “How can a bad news be considered good news?”
But it was only when I got deep into my journalism course that I started to understand what our professor said.
Bad news is good news – it’s good news for the media outfit because bad news sells. A 12-year-old raped by a lustful man is sensational, front-page news! A tragic bus accident that claims 30 lives is “good news” even though it’s bad news for their loved ones.
Well, bad news may be good news to newspapers, radio and TV stations because that eventually attracts advertisers (especially when they always have scoop stories for the public), but in reality, bad news has a long-term effect on the minds of people.
Filling your mind with bad news (negative news) is like filling your lungs with second-hand smoke or thick, black smoke emitted by a 16-wheeler truck.
We end up as losers in the end when we fill our minds with bad news since fear and all sorts of negative thoughts will dominate our life.
The Apostle Paul taught the Christians from the church in Philippi to think focus on things that could help them develop a healthy mind.
Here’s what he said in Philippians 4:8-9 (The Message translation) – 8-9 Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.
Certainly, there’s nothing good in the bad news. But God’s word is always “Good News” to our soul.
How about filling your mind with the “Good News”?