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What The World Could Use A Lot More Of…

”Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-6

With all the craziness going on in our world today, it often gets me to thinking: What really matters and what is worth fighting for? Here are a few of the things I think the world could use a lot more of and so, I am going to do my part to take and make my stand on these, believing they are a part of our Divine birthright.

WISDOM – It is available all around us, but now a days, you often have to do a little work to unearth it and put it into application. We can find it in the sacred spiritual texts and many great men and women through the years have voiced bits and pieces to help us understand what is really important in the living of this thing called life. I think one of the greatest enemies of wisdom is distraction. We don’t see it, hear it or feel it, so we miss out on it’s power to raise us to a higher and better place.

TRUTH – Believe it or not, there is a truth and it does matter. We live in a world that likes to make up it’s own truth, which is often a lie, desguised as truth to try to make us feel better. Sometimes the truth hurts, but there is healing for the hurt and growth in the truth, whcih is why it is so necessary. Much of our truth flows out of the wisdom of the ages,, so pay attention, because it is all around us.

FORGIVENESS – It is a beautiful thing to be forgiven and it is a beautiful thing to share that forgivness with others. We all do things that we should not do and fail to do things we should. Our Creator forgives us and we should forgive ourselves and then pass this amazing gift on. The beautiful thing about forgiveness is that it is a gift that blesses in both directions.

PEACE – It’s hard to describe with words, but when you find yourself right in th middle of chaos, but have the calm inward assurance that everything is going to be okay – this is peace and it is an amazing thing. In this world today, we need it more than ever. The good news is: Wisdom tells us it’s there, truth helps us to claim it and forgiveness opens our heart to receive it, so that love can flow.

LOVE – God is love! Love is so much more than just a word. It is God in us and through us. We receive it, but we don’t just hold onto it, we are transformed by it and then we pass it on to others, which grows our capacity to be open to more and more, so that we can share it in even greater ways, because in the sharing – God is glorified and man is blessed…

The Thought Monster!

When we are young, we have a way of turning things into monsters that are not really monsters. We can be laying in bed and all of a sudden the shirt we left hanging on the bed post turns into some demonic entity that has escaped the underground prison it’s been caged up in, just to come kill us and destroy our hopes of growing up and one day driving a car to the moon and back. The crazy thing is, the more we look at it, the more real it becomes and the less sleep we get.

When we become adults, it really does not change all that much. The major difference is that we don’t have to be laying in the bed in a dark room. We can be sitting on the beach in the beautiful sunshine and our thoughts become, negative, dark, depressing and before we know it, inside of our heads we find ourselves in the midst of the most viscious storm that it sure to take our lives and ruin everything we have ever counted as dear.

Thoughts are powerful and with them we can imagine the absolute worst or the most magnificent best – the choice is ours! We really do have the power, but we fail to realize it and often empower the wrong side of things, tipping the scales against ourselves, rather than in our favor.

For most of our lives, we are often just one decision away from a totally different life and this can be a negative or a positive, we just have to decide for ourselves. This is why our thoughts are so important, because our thoughts become words, which turn into actions, which grow into habits, which eventually become apart of our character and our character ultimately leads us into our destiny.

It is very important for us to understand: The Battle For Our Heart Is Most Often Fought In Our Mind. It is in fact a battle and it always will be on this side of eternity. This is why it is important to challenge, question, inspect and change the way we think, because when we change the way we think about things, the things we think about change and the goal here is change for the better.

Here are three thoughts to help all of us think better thoughts:

1. Think about what you are thinking about! Is the majority of your thinking negative or positive? Is it building up toward a meaningful goal or tearing down what could really make a difference? Be honest with yourself and when you identify wrong, hurtful and negative thinking, be prepared to take it on and take it out.

2. Make Room For The Right Thinking By Getting Rid Of The Wrong Thinking! We have a limited amount of space in our minds and if we are honest, a lot of that space has been taken over by thoughts that are doing more harm than good, so what can we do about it? Challenge those wrong thoughts so that they change into right thoughts that are taking you closer to where you were created to be, rather than farther away.

3. Increase Your Right Thinking In Every Way You Can Think Of! There are so many different things we can do to increase our right thinking. We can start a gratitude list that helps to remind us of all the amazing blessings we have flowing into and through our lives. We can journal our thoughts, ideas and learning on a daily basis that helps us to get it out of our head, so that we can observe things from a different perspective. We can intentionally set positive reminders by reading, writing, posting, sharing positive thoughts, quotes and ideas in as many different places and in as many diffferent ways as possible…

We can take on the THOUGHT MONSTER and win, we just have to have the thought that this is what we are going to do and then follow through on that thought! Once you’ve taken the step, you will be glad you did…

You Are Not Perfect And That’s Okay!

You read that right! You are not perfect and you do not have to be!  We waste a lot of energy trying to be something that we are not.  We waste a lot of time pretending to be something that we are not.  The truth, if we will admit it is simply this:  We are not perfect and we are probably not going to be any time soon!

Here’s the important question: Who said you had to be perfect anyway?  Let me show you from the Scripture why imperfection is an invitation for God to come in and do what you can’t!  2 Corinthians 12:9 says:  He said to me “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

Really Good News! Is that not some of the most awesome news you have ever heard?  We don’t need perfection, We need GRACE and that is exactly what God has for us – and His grace is sufficient (all that we need and then some!)

The next part of the verse is really amazing! “His power is made perfect in  weakness!” If I am perfect, then I am not weak.  If I am not weak, then His power cannot be made perfect in me, because His power is made perfect in weakness.  My not being perfect allows God’s power to come into my life and grow to perfection.

Don’t Play The Game! Stop trying to be what you are not!  Stop pretending that you are something that you are not and instead admit your weakness, mess ups, sins, failures, mistakes and allow the power of God to grow in and through your honest life!

You Can Get This! Figure this one out and it will bring you to a place of amazing freedom!  I hope you get it!  God Bless, Press On and Give God Glory!