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Tanya M. Wilson is an inspirational speaker and writer living in Charlotte. Her column, "360 You," is published here each Saturday. Visit her website at www.360you.net.

I heard TD Jakes say in his “Don’t Die in the Nest” sermons, “If I were to verbalize everything that ran across my mind, you would wonder if I were a pastor.”

His statement is true for any of us. In a given day, there’s no telling what goes through my mind, and not all of it is good for me. If I were to stop and spend time dwelling on the negatives, I would be in a stuck place, not moving toward those things that sustain me or move me toward the promise of good in my life.

Distractions can be lethal in one’s life. That’s why it is so important to make a conscious decision to stay focused on what is good. I’d love to claim that recommendation as an original thought, but Philippians 4:8 makes it plain:

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

It’s true, there is a lot going on all around us, and sometimes the shifts of life can tempt us to become discouraged. I am no different from anyone else in that regard, but when I have felt like giving up or throwing in the towel, I quickly remind myself of Jeremiah 28:11 (NIV), which says: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

For me, those two scriptures serve as my secret weapon. Simply put, I am encouraged to think things that are good and perfect, so that means getting rid of the junk, and I know that the plan for me is to prosper me, so I need to stand.

I don’t have a patent on my secret weapon; it is available to anyone who would like to use it. If you are in a stuck place and find that you can’t get out of your own way, I encourage you to change those negative statements to positive ones -- “I can.” “I will.”

The plan for your life is a good one; make sure you show up to receive it. The best is waiting for you.

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