I love to read! I think it’s the best way, not to mention the quickest way, to gain knowledge, understanding and wisdom. Many people read for different reasons; some for entertainment; some to gain an understanding of a subject they may not be well versed in; some for self-improvement; others for inspiration. I tend to lead to the inspirational and personal growth. I have read many books in these areas but none have come close to making an impact in my life as the book “The 4:8 Principle”.
Author Tommy Newberry wrote this bestseller and focused it around what could be the most positive scripture verse in the bible, that being Philippians 4:8 which states “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
We live in a society today where we have a tendency to stay looking over our shoulder; drumming up the past and living in a world of negativity. But the author takes us through a few steps to make us aware of how we can, through our own decisions, begin living a life of joy.
First, he makes us aware of the parallels between the thoughts we think and the joy we experience; or don’t. Joy can be ours if we decide to be the master of our thoughts and feelings.
Then he shows us how we can begin moving towards our full potential, our purpose, if we reject the negative emotions and thoughts that end to follow the problems and pressures in our lives that we do and will go through. God allows us to have struggles in our lives that we might be made strong; lifted up and molded. But this cannot happen if we are looking at it negatively rather than seeking the greatness and joy that can accompany these struggles. To have the strength needed to stand firm in our faith and in our belief that we are children of God and that we deserve a life filled with joy, we must be very protective of our minds and hearts; very careful of who and what we let in.
Being very selective in the things we mentally digest; things such as what we watch on TV (if we watch at all); what we listen to; and what we read. Our brains are like computers being programmed. You have probably heard the old saying that Junk In; Junk Out; well it is totally true! We must make sure that we are only programming our minds with positive, uplifting, and inspiring things; not uploading viruses of negativity, doubt, anger, frustration and lack. If you have ever had a virus on your computer then you know exactly how it can shut you down, aggravating you and shutting down production completely! We must be the gatekeepers of our minds, being very selective on what enters!
The 4:8 Principle is loaded with advice and suggestions on how to take the scripture above and apply it to your life and begin transiting onto the extraordinary life God created you to live. I highly recommend this book and then suggest that you follow it up with his latest New York Best Seller “40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life! It will take you step by step on how to apply everything you learned from the 4:8 Principle and utilize daily baby steps that if practiced, will transform you life to one of joy, happiness and love!
Remember, you’ll do best by filling your mind 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! Impact your life with joy NOW!