The Gratitude Spirit!

Don't Get Distracted!

We Need The Right Spirit!  Life comes at us from all directions and it is very easy for us to get out of whack fast!  If we are not careful, then before we know it, we can be in the wrong place, thinking the wrong thoughts and headed in the wrong direction and not even realize it.  This does not make us a bad person, it just means that our wrong spirit needs to be made right!

It Starts With The Right Foundation!  The Foundation to living a good, blessed and happy life is living with a grateful spirit!  We have to remember even when things are tough, that there is still a whole lot of good in our life.  We can ignore the bad, but we don’t need to be focused to the point of distraction by it either.  Seeds of discouragement, discontent and depression cannot take root in a grateful heart!  Even when life is bad, tough and hard, there is still much to be thankful for in our lives.  This is why a few weeks ago, I gave the my family and friends a rock to carry in their pocket – it is a simple reminder each time you touch it to think about something that you have to be grateful for!  This simple act of touching and thinking about what something you have to be grateful for causes you to refocus off of the negative and onto the positive!

Instead of!  Instead of looking at what’s wrong, start looking at what’s right!  Instead of complaining about what you don’t have, be happy with what you do have!  Instead of dwelling on how far you’ve got to go, take a look back and focus on how far God has already brought you!

Think About It!  Someone would love to have your life!  Have you thanked God lately?  In I Thessalonians 5:18 it says “In everything give thanks!”  It does not say in some things.  It does not say in what you want to.  It says in everything – the good and the bad give thanks!  Why, because God is working through the good and the bad for His glory and our blessing.  When you complain about where you are, then you will never find the energy to get to where you need to be!  Here’s The Formula:  “Complain And Remain Or Praise And Be Raised!”  This simple phrase is a reminder to you about what is really important.  Get the right spirit and keep the right spirit – you will be glad you did!

 

Perspective Problems!

Can You Really See?

Our Problem Is A Messed Up Perspective!  The older I get, the more I realize what an important role my perspective plays in my enjoying life or enduring life.  The way I see things really does matter and if I am seeing things in the wrong way, then I am the one that is responsible for changing the way I see things.  This is not easy, but it is very important for me and for others!

Someone said that “Perception is reality!”  I am not so sure that I agree with that!  It sounds about right as it rolls off the tongue, but I don’t think it’s altogether true!  I believe that perception unchallenged eventually becomes reality!  In other words if we accept our perception and do nothing about what is not right about it, then sure, it is going to become reality and this is going to create big problems and challenges for us.  The biggest problem is that the wrong perspective will mess up the  reality of God’s blessing!  God loves you and has an amazing plan for your life, but He does not force that plan upon you.  You have to align your life with His plans for the blessing to flow and perception plays a very big role in where and how you align your life!

The Wrong Perspective!  “I’ll never make it!” or some  version of it.  It is the ole “woe is me” rut that we often get stuck in.  When we think “I’ll never make it!”, we begin to believe we will never make it and the perception left unchallenged becomes reality and we don’t make it!  The right perspective is “God is with me – how can I not succeed???”  We are not in this thing called life alone.  We have a God, Who loves us and has an amazing plan for our lives.  As we learn to trade in our tired perspectives for His energized and living perspective, life takes on a whole new meaning!

Take two people and put them in the exact same situation of life and one will be miserable and the other flourishing!  What’s the difference?  PERSPECTIVE – how you choose to see and ultimately respond to the situation!

Take some time today to think about your perspective and how the enemy has messed with that perspective and messed with you and your future of blessing at the same time.  Think about what you can do to change your perspective, so that you are seeing things the way Your Creator created you to see them!  Change your perspective and you will change your life and quiet possibly the lives of those around you!

What Are You Focusing On?

What Are You Looking At?

It’s Easy To Get Focused On What Is Wrong In Life!  And the problem with getting focused on what is wrong in life, is that this is the wrong focus!  Of course, if we are honest, this is where most of us live our lives.

We Tend To Look At All The Wrong Things!  We complain about what we don’t have instead of appreciating what we do have!  We think about how big our obstacles are and fail to realize that our God is bigger!   This distraction costs us big time, because if has an impact on everything in our lives!

We Miss What Really Matters!  Our lives are full of blessings, but we miss the real benefit of the blessing because we fail to focus on the good things God has done and is doing in our lives.  We take for granted family, friends, health and blessing!  We get so focused on what we don’t have or like, that we miss what we do have and like!

We Miss The Opportunity To Live Lives Of Appreciation!  In James 2:14 it says:  “What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds?      Can such faith save him?”  Talk is cheap!  You can say you have faith, but saying you have faith does not make it so!  We often look past the much and miss the blessing!  God has filled our lives with all kinds of wonderful blessing and we miss the benefits, because we look right past it!

Remember:  Today is God’s gift to you, what you do with it, is your gift to God!  Get your focus right and your life will follow!