We are in the midst of some really challenging projects that are taking a lot out of us. This week I was reminded afresh that I can decide how things around me go. I affect and accept what happens in my life and the lives of those around me.
Ok, let me explain. Have you ever realised that some people are perpetually up and others perpetually down? Ok, now think deeply of those two categories of people and ponder on how they speak and what they focus on. Think of how each person relates to life. Those who are up speak up and are positive and those who are down speak down and are negative.
So maybe you consider yourself positive, let’s test that:
– When you find traffic do you look at the traffic and say, we’ll be here for long or it will move soon?
– When you forget something do you say, I always forget stuff or goodness what happened today?
– When you find your self in a difficult spot, do you say, why me or what can I learn from this?
– Do you see problems or challenges?
What is your perspective on life?
“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. “Eat and drink!” he says to you,But his heart is not with you.”
This is scripture, has been cliche for me for so long but it has come full circle and now it means so much more to me. There are statements I have heard over the years that never made a true connection to my heart. Things like, ‘Your picture is your future’ – AWG
My thoughts, tongue and heart are very tightly interconnected…so deeply connected I have barely scratched the surface. Check thes out…….
Proverbs 18:21, Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.
Luke 6:45, A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
These are simple, common verses that we know every day but how well do they resonate in our hearts. Maybe we just need reminders often, maybe we just forget. So I stopped to ponder and asked a few hard questions…..What is the state of my heart that drives my thoughts that comes out of my mouth? What do I need to deal with and watch out for that can change the course of my life?
This dealing has been hard at times but it has worked to make a better person out of me. So I am aligning my heart, thoughts and words. I have set up a mental police post that stands guard before words leave my mouth. It also constantly judges the thoughts in my head. I have set up a heart monitor to regulate the feelings, motives and intentions. I have asked the Creator of all to come and stand guard and deal with my inner being.
I am not perfect, I am not blameless. However I have made progress and moved closer to the prize set out for me. I found grace, peace and hope. I have found family to walk with. I have found relief from extreme expectations. I have found deep gut wrenching honesty with myself.
One thing I know for sure now……that which was impossible is now possible. Possibilities are limitless. Possibility and productivity are now guaranteed. I will make it and bring glory to Papa. That is the reason I live…to bring Him glory.