Some things I have learned to keep my head on straight and need to remind myself to do today …
Pray. This seems like a no-brainer. I don’t just mean a pray-before-you-eat and go to bed prayer time, but I also need to start my morning with prayer and believe me, I (and those who have to be around me) will tell you, when I don’t take the time to do so, it is noticed! I also try to continually pray throughout the day. When I’m at work, every stretch and bathroom break is a time to just be still and quiet to know Him. If we take the time to remind ourselves to follow His will and not ours, the day’s decisions seem easy and manageable!
Connect. At least three times a day I call or talk with others to check in on positive thoughts. For many reasons (most of them my own making) I can remember every negative thing ever said to or about me, but the posivitive affirmations are often lost. By developing friendships where you are expressing gratitude, we are following the word of God, for it says in 1 Peter 4:11 ,”if anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.”
Study. The Bible is the most important book we could ever study from. By focusing even just a few minutes each day to the word of God, we can find nuggets of wisdom and gain self-realization in scripture. 2 Peter 1:20-21 “above all, you must understand that no prophecy of scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. for prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” We CAN trust what it says to be TRUE!
Practice. I try to be intentional with all that I learn. Either by practicing a new computer program, practicing an exercise routine or practicing by saying something new to someone new, we get to practice what the bible teaches us to do. James 2:17 “Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is DEAD.” For me, this means I cannot spend every Sunday just sitting in a pew, contemplating the word of God and not do anything with it. The things I learn are useless if they are not applied to life.
Have an Attitude of Gratitude. Here are some points I learned at a recent conference on Gratitude:
1. Gratitude is never invisible nor Silent. Tell those around you, “I appreciate it when you…” Unexpressed Gratitude is a lost opportunity to give praise to God.
2. Gratitude sustains Joy and Blessing. Instead of the downward spiral of negativity (my life is crap, therefore I am crap, and pretty soon it IS crap) Spiral Upward (Focus on What I have, not what I don’t have)
3. Gratitude begins where my sense of entitlement ends. (Nuff said)
4. Find a Blessing. Enlarge a Blessing. Create a Blessing.
I am blessed to get to serve at church. I am grateful I found a church home in which the things I say are held in love and confidence. I am blessed at the opportunity and the grace I am given by all the volunteers and all the attenders (not to mention the staff!) to learn and grow in Christ. I am grateful to be able to share Jesus with my community. It feels Great to be Grateful!!!