Good morning everyone,
Are you concerned about the things you can change or the things you wish you could change? Everyday, I try and encourage folks to stay positive about what they experience! My wife would beg to differ sometimes because she sees me at my worst. But more so than not, the reason for my success in what I do is the ability to not let all the distractions determine my output. I have the same frustrations that the next person has, but for the most part, I stay focused on the things that I can do. For those things I can't do, I try and let them go. See, God has given me this 'special ability.' I believe each of you has been given the same opportunity to seize the moment. You may ask me, how? Well, it starts with gratitude with where you are at! Next, enjoy the moment. When you give Him praise and honor for whatever your situation is, His light will shine. It may be a different result than what you expected but it will be a result that will be more of Him and less of you! Mark 12:33 tells us to love Him with all our heart, with all our understanding, with all our strength, and to love our neighbor like we love ourselves. That is more important than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices in the world. Maybe you don't love yourself. Well, the way that starts is knowing that God loves you! If you believe that He loves you, then you can believe that He wants you to love yourself and to share that love with others. See, the core of our being has to be love! He created us so that we would share that love with everyone that He has blessed to cross our path (not just a chosen few) so He doesn't want us to discriminate. Ask God to show you how to love the homeless, the down and out, the ones who have given up, the ones who rub you the wrong way. You were once down and out and you needed a hand. Do you remember the last dilemma you had? Who helped you get through it? You think you did it by yourself? If you believe that, you need to get on your knees and pray. God may have allowed all those broken things to happen in your life so that He could get your attention. Does He have it yet?
Why not? Do you love living in misery? If you don't want to be there, ask the Heart Surgeon to do open heart surgery on you and change that hardened heart. Praise Him, Praise Him, and Praise Him! When God hears us worship Him when we hurt, He knows that we are finally getting it. Life is not a retirement where you live without problems and issues. Real life begins when you see that dilemmas with praise are miracles lived out! The only way that can happen is by allowing Him to change you from the inside out! Jeremiah 7:5-6 says, 'If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly, if you do not oppress the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow and no not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you don't follow other gods to your own harm.' Anything outside of Him is going to be a life of toilsome misery! Start right now giving Him praise and see how He changes you!
Your brother in Christ,