Sometimes identifying issues that we need to resolve can be subtle or they can be abruptly in your face obvious. Subtleness can be a result of denial or naiveté and sometimes it doesn’t matter how obvious the clues are, we ignore them because complacency has settled in. Whichever story resonates with you, we’ve all been there. I believe that we are faced with an opportunity to resolve an issue every day. Whether its making the right choice at the vending machine or walking away from an abusive relationship. It can be choosing to not be a hoarder like your parents or choosing to accept a job that pays slightly less but will make your happier. Every day there is an opportunity. Just make a decision!
This is the year of the open door and we must be conscious and deliberate about being in the right position to receive what our God has in store for us. You don’t have to think long, you know exactly what it is. The time is now!
Since I’ve always been an easy to please person, I’ve always appreciated the small things like receiving a hand written thank you note versus a text or a facebook shout out. As I’ve been praying for ways to be a witness in my new work environment, I am reminded about how great of an impact small gestures can make. Life throws so many curve balls at us that it is sometimes hard to see the opportunities to make a difference. Having a keen eye for opportunity will force us to think less of ourselves and to think more about others. It sounds simple enough but more often than not, our thoughts are consumed with thoughts about our next career move, what bills are due, what to cook for dinner, when to workout, how to change the world or when to change over the laundry from the washer to the dryer. What I’ve learned is that the more that I pour into others, the less daunting my situations appear to be and somehow I get to the end of a rough road a lot sooner because I am not standing over the pot waiting for it to boil, yet I am concerned more about making an impact in the life of someone else. So I encourage you to maximize what resources you have to empower and encourage but most of all, to be a witness of Jesus Christ.
Here are a few suggestions:
- Add a quote to your email signature
- Put that dry erase board to use and share a daily thought
- Hand write kindhearted notes
- Share a random act of kindness more than when the world recognizes a day for it
- Order Our Daily Bread devotional books and place a few on your desk – watch them disappear
- Recognize someone to the whole team without being asked to – a compliment can make ALL the difference in someone’s day
This is a question that I had to ask myself today after listening to a sermon online about the “Dysfunctions of Comfort”. I strive to be as humble as I can be and I’ve never viewed that as a bad thing, but have I used it as a cover up for my insecurities? I like to think of myself as a secure and confident person in 99% of areas in my life. I stay in my lane until I’ve learned the skill or knowledge necessary to swerve into another lane.
The question that was provoked by this sermon presents a challenge for me. As I am always striving to be better than I was yesterday, I will need to evaluate my moments of humility. I need to check my insecure, less confident inventory to gauge areas in need of growth and I need to break up some of my routines. It’s time to shake things up a little bit and be more adventurous. After all, failing a few times will only lead me to succeed.
I’ve never been much of a risk taker and it is very possible that this cautionary side of my personality may be connected to insecurities that I have not identified. From this day forward, I am going to journal more about opportunities and things that I have been so quick to turn down. I’m interested to see what patterns will come to light and how I can prepare myself for what happens after I say yes more often.
Now don’t get me wrong, my self-esteem hasn’t been negatively affected yet I’ve been pushed to challenge my thinking and decision making. Stay tuned. I will post an update for sure.
Join me today re-establishing your momentum!
Life can get in the way and we can easily lose our enthusiasm and excitement. The worst thing that we can do is forget why we are living and/or forget how much we must be grateful for! There is positively absolutely no reason for us to walk around on auto pilot with little to no spunk. We will not sink into a state of being dreary, dull or blasé.
Our momentum has everything to do with our inner being and how well we are taking care of it. While hubby and I are currently on the hunt to find the “perfect” home to purchase, we are learning a lot. While it’s great to have awesome curb appeal, we are more concerned about what is on the inside. In the words of my husband, “we live on the inside, not the outside, right?”. I begin to think about that in a spiritual sense. Our spirits are internal, and we must be more concerned with taking care of them than we are about the external. There are plenty of people walking around dressing up a hot mess. They are photo shoot ready on the outside but a complete wreck on the inside. When we take care of what’s on the inside, we can gain momentum in this marathon.
Re-establish your momentum. Discover your rhythm. Find your energy. Get more sleep. Worry less. Pray more. Laugh a lot and loudly. Go dancing. Go roller skating. Go on a hike and marvel at the works of God’s hands. Do what you must do, I beg you. Your life depends on it. Re-claim your momentum!
Don’t allow you pain to be the object of your worship. Whatever is getting all your attention and absorbing all your thoughts is what you are worshipping. God is completely God and He is completely man therefore HE’s able and HE knows, you can count on HIM. HE is not going to fail you.
Be wise in discerning if you are facing a human problem or a demonic attack. Do not be ignorant of Satan’s devices. When we are ignorant we make faulty and misguided conclusions and decisions. The wiser we are, the more difficult it will be for Satan to take advantage of us and our thoughts and decisions.
Trust the water of God’s word to satisfy the thirst that your circumstance is causing. HIS word will saturate the dry places and leave a remnant or a dew as a reserve. There is nothing HE can’t solve.
See the marvels of God. Pause and take a look at who he is and what he has done. He’s done great things and not just for you but think about what he has done for those that have become before you. Take a real good look around and remember where HE has brought you from.
Every thought should ignite thanksgiving. The fruit of our lips should sound like a chorus or like an orchestra. The beat of our heart should create a song, instrumental music that prophesies to generations to come.
We’ve been spared from so much so let us have great gratitude and humility to an awesome mighty God!! Every day of our lives ought to be filled with a longing for God and deep devotion. He is above all things. He is above politics, above pressure, above persecution and above pain. Our God is worthy of thoughtful thanksgiving. Selah.
Because of God’s perfect love that is void of fear we should not be afraid but be strong and of good courage. God is strong and he wants us to be strong. His love is like a never ending wedding ceremony. We can have high hopes and think big. Be sure to make room in our minds, spirits and soul for the increase that he has prepared for you. Pitch a tent large enough. You are going to bring back to life that which has been dead. You are on assignment to resuscitate and to bring life. The results of what is to come will make you forget about the humiliations of your youth. Rejection is a thing of the past. You will receive beauty for ashes. God delights in you because of your righteousness. Sing boisterous praises unto him for he alone is worthy. You are dressed in a suit of salvation. Saved from destruction and death. The lord will put you on display for the whole world to see what righteousness looks like. Go forth and be fearless!