Six years ago, after landing in Milan, I was eager to visit the city, attend a concert, and enjoy the natural wonders on Lake Como.
On the other hand, my mind was in the office, and a detailed list with all the departures of my tourists was in my pocket, helping me react if changes appear. That list was actually a worry list because I was constantly expecting something bad to happen.
Fortunately, Norman Vincent Peale’s book — The Power of Positive Thinking — accompanied me on that trip and gave me an incredible peace of mind — more than any personal development book.
Even now, of all the verses included in the book, I carry the following eight as phone backgrounds or cards — just like eight pills of faith.
To meditate on them efficiently, the book’s author also offered some instructions I’m about to share in this article.
A day lived in faith starts with the following thought.
Verse 1 — Psalm 118:24
This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24, HCSB)
How I use it: I repeat it three times before breakfast and meditate on each word.
Every morning is a miracle if my family and I are in good health.
It’s easy to watch the weather outside the window and say, “it’s Monday and with this rain, it’ll be a bad day for sure.”
At some important moments of my life — when I registered my own business or guided my first group to Rome — the heaviest rains came.
Anyway, I never stopped because I felt that God wanted to try my enthusiasm — He created those days for me to become a fighter.
Regarding enthusiasm: this word — if we analyze its Greek origin — means “God within,” and defines people driven by a divine force.
The following verse defines this state beautifully.
Verse 2 — John 1:4
In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. (John 1:4, NIV)
With the purity of His spirit and His love for people, Jesus enlightened His followers.
As a humble Christian, feeling the presence of God around me gives me a unique vitality — it’s like my smiling soul illuminates my eyes.
I felt a holy energy when fate brought me to Fátima exactly 100 years after the apparitions of the Virgin Mary.
Among thousands of Christians gathered at the sanctuary to raise their prayers, I wanted to hear the voice of Mary and, during those prayers, I didn’t doubt that she was above us, filling the air with blessings.
How I use the Bible verse: For years, I believed that being ironic means being smart — not only was I hurting people around me, but I was filling my heart with negativity. This verse reminds me I must spread my enthusiasm among the people who visit me.
The following verse is also an opportunity to test myself: If I feel a positive energy after saying it loudly, it means I have the right mindset that day.
Verse 3 — Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13, BSB)
This verse sends to the subconscious a belief that I have an immense divine power inside, and that this force will help me solve new challenges.
How I use it: I repeat it five times a day.
I noticed that people who confidently carry the strength of Christ within their souls are unstoppable.
Case in point: A customer of mine often books trips for large groups of pupils and, although I always recommend safe and long flight stopovers, she always chooses flights with short and risky stopovers, making me quite nervous. Many times, problems have appeared on her travels, but she and I managed to solve everything.
Once, her mother visited me and explained her daughter’s constant optimism: “She works with God so she will always make the right decisions.” From that moment on, I stopped worrying about her trips.
However, sometimes things turn bad around me, and I ask myself, “does He really hear me?”
The next verse delivers a precise answer.
Verse 4 — Matthew 18:20
For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:20, NIV)
When I pray with my innocent daughter and my sweet wife, holding their hands, I truly believe that Jesus is there, taking care of us.
How I use it: if I’m alone and can’t pray with someone dear to me, I consider praying on a phone call, just like Dr. Peale did when a person in pain called him from a long distance.
But how can I know if I’m too greedy during my prayers?
Verse 5 — Matthew 9:29
“According to your faith be it done to you.” (Matthew 9:29, ESV)
Especially if my goals contribute to my community, I have to believe in my success with all my spirit.
For this idea, a joyful Italian song uses these words:
“Manda avanti il cuore che domani vincerai.”
It means, “send ahead your heart because tomorrow you’ll win.”
How I use the verse: After meditating on it, Dr. Peale suggests repeating 10 times a day this affirmation: “I expect the best and with God’s help will attain the best.”
Yet, sometimes I still ask myself, “do I desire too much, and should reconsider my goals?”
Here is the answer from the Bible.
Verse 6 — Matthew 21:22
And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith. (Matthew 21:22, ESV)
The power of visualization helps me fulfill my wishes if I maintain my faith.
How I use it: I envision my fulfilled dreams, but I’m confident that God will give me many more opportunities. I only pray for chances because it’s in my power to turn them into success.
Sometimes I call these opportunities “luck.” Nevertheless, I know He is the one who takes care of me.
It’s logical to get affected by uncontrollable events, but the problem is that sometimes conflicts with people hurt me more. When those situations appear, I use the next verse to ease my stress.
Verse 7 — Romans 8:31
If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31, NIV)
As a travel agent, I usually spend quiet and pleasant moments with my tourists, talking about our vacations and dreams. Even if I think that I have the best job in the world, this job made me super-sensible: I can’t even raise the tone of my voice.
However, not everyone can start their day peacefully — sometimes people get angry, even threaten, and the worst scenarios invade my mind.
How I use this verse: I add it on my phone’s background, and I calm down when a conflict arises, thinking, “if my intentions are good, and I keep my hope, of course, God will be on my side.”
But how much faith is needed?
Verse 8 — Matthew 17:20
“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20, NIV)
The picture couldn’t be clearer. I focus too much on all my projects, running all day long for glory, dreaming of a fancy-schmancy office, and the only thing that Jesus asks from me is…a mustard seed of faith.
How I use it: particularly, when things go wrong, It’s easy to get depressed, but this verse reminds me to trust Him and keep my faith.
A motivational song — launched when my country was on lockdown — also illustrates this idea beautifully. Even now, when the future is clearer, I return to that song and these words from it:
“Don’t look down cause the sky is up there.”
In conclusion, instead of carrying worries in your pocket like I did, choose the bible verses that impact you the most, and your positive energy level will skyrocket.