Finally brethern whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of a good repute, if there is any excellence and anything worthy of praise, think of these things. Phil. 4:8
I love it when I connect a dot. My pastor says from time to time ‘the thing is never about the thing, but every thing is about everything’. For a long time in my life I have lived on the fleshly side of life or reactionary side. Here is what happens, I think something over and over then eventually it starts affecting my emotions and then I am ready for some type of action. Today is a case in point, pretty embarrassing, but here goes. I was upset that my company is open today. It starts with it figures because I work with a bunch of men and they are not afraid to get on the road. Who can I call today, no one is in because all the schools are closed? All I am going to be able to do is use the internet and I can do that at home! What happens if I wreck my truck, how will I come up with the deductible – I would be safer at home. The tape just continues to play and now I am getting more upset. My attitude sucks! We know it is proven that if you change your thoughts then your habits will change. I would say that this type of internal battle has been going on for a long time and the tapes played no matter the situation, whether it is with work, a relationship, etc. Because of my thoughts and attitude, I would say that I am not able to receive the fullness of God wants me to receive or experience – living with the glass half full. Something I hear a lot in leadership seminars is that we get paid based on how we think. If you think in excellence which is thinking from the inside out vs. the outside in – or more defined, think above normal, be above average. With an excellence of spirit, your boss can’t help but to notice you and before you know it, he will turn his attention towards you and depend on you more and then you will be next in line for a promotion. The connection happened for me today when I was driving into work and I decided to shut the repetitive negative voice up and decided that I was going in with a smile and began quoting the scripture that David wrote in Psalms that ‘this is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it’. I was going to walk in with a smile, I was grateful to be able to drive to a job. I want to be an energy producer not an energy demander. By my one decision today I realized that this principle is not only applied in my situation today, but is to be applied in relationships and every thing I do. We are to set up boundaries in our mind and we are not to allow negative thoughts to stay with us because just like I pointed out – our thoughts provoke our emotions and ultimately our actions. In 3 John 1:2 it says that’ beloved I wish that you would prosper in all things, even as your soul prospers’. God wants the best for us and he wants us to grow up and that starts with the way that we think and as our soul (mind, will, emotions) prospers, then areas of our lives begin to prosper. I challenge you to take an inventory of your thoughts and if your thoughts are one of complaining and negativity, began to replace those thoughts with God’s truth and find worth or praise in that situation and watch things turn around. You may find that your circumstances have changed, but in most cases you are the change that took place and it is you that makes a difference in any situation. God loves you!