William James said: “The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can altar his life by altering his attitude.” This can be true in a positive way or in a negative way and each individual makes the choice for themselves.
I’ve noticed that when I get bad news, have to face challenges or deal with difficult people, that I often react with a predetermined and predefined reaction. It is a reaction that I have relied upon for years. I am not really sure why I rely so heavily upon it, because it rarely does for me, what I need for it to do.
When things are not going the way that I think they should, I am tempted to blow things out of proportion and overreact by focusing on the negative. This does not move me forward into success, but often actually does just the opposite and renders me immobilized by little things that should have no control over great big me.
I allow these “little things” to irritate and frustrate me and then actually get even more upset when they get in the way of me getting what I want or think I deserve. This focusing on the negative does not help, it actually hinders in just about every way imaginable.
When you make everything a big deal, then nothing gets the big deal attention that it needs and very little will change, especially in the positive way that you were hoping. When your life reached this level of frustration it is actually very easy to believe that the cards of life are stacked against you.
This wrong relation to life robs us of the real living that we were created for. Stop right now and think about how you do this. Think about what you can do, to change this wrong direction in this very moment. Now claim more and more of these little moments of victory and watch as your Creator does something amazing in your life by bringing you healing that you did not even know that you needed.
There is a great big amazing life in store for you. Don’t miss it, grab it, love it and live it – you will be glad you did!
Sometimes I am not very good at being me, at least not the me that God created me to be. I’ve noticed as I get older that my physical vision begins to not be as good and my spiritual vision seems to be getting better. One of the things that my spiritual vision reveals, is that there is much in my life, in all of our lives that we need to give more attention to and a lot that we need to give less attention to. We seem to worry about all of the wrong stuff and never really show any concern about the stuff that really matters.
I am on a journey, as we end this year and begin a new year to see what I really need to see and do something, the right something about it. God created us for progress, growth, accomplishment and fulfillment. I want to do and be what I was created for. I want to feel and experience, not the success of the world, but the success of my Creator.
Over the next several weeks, I will attempt to unfold some of the raw, ugly and sad things that I have and am discovering about myself. This is not to depress or discourage, but hopefully to help all of us know that this “mess” exists in all of us and God did not create us to live in bondage, but freedom.
Stop right now and take a moment to think about your life. Have you accomplished all that you were created for? Is there anything in your life that does not need to be there, anything that is getting in the way of your moving to the next phase or place that your Creator has for you? Take the time to think, think honestly and you will discover that there is indeed much work to be done, but it is good work, worthwhile work and if you take the time to do it, then you will be glad you did!
There Are Many Ways To Know God! Here are just a few that I have noticed folks putting into practice recently!
Some people know God as Untouchable! He is far off and the best we can do is try and understand Him! We can’t get close to Him and if we do, then He always seems to move. He is so big, grand and vast that our limited minds can’t grasp much of anything about Him, except for His big vastness. These folks believe in God, but don’t really understand that it’s possible to have a real and meaningful relationship with Him! God is big and vast, but He is also close and personal, don’t miss Him!
Some people see God as an Enforcer! They think: He is out to get me and can’t wait for me to mess up! Because we all mess up and sin, we think that the enforcer God is going to punish us by getting us back for our bad behavior. Whenever anything bad happens in our lives, we tend to blame it on ourselves and some mistake we’ve made. God is righteous and holy, but He is also loving, merciful and gracious. He loves you and is not out to hurt you, but to help you. Trust Him and you will be amazed!
Some people see God as Father! And this is exactly Who He wants to be seen and understood as! God loves you and wants what is best for your life! You have made mistakes and probably gotten caught up in some pretty big sins, but God the Father still loves you, wants to forgive you and has a pretty amazing plan for your life!
Matthew 1:23 it says: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
That is exactly Who and What God wants to be in your life – WITH YOU! Open your mind, heart and spirit and receive Him – you will be glad you did!