WHAT YOU THINK UPON GROWS DAY

TL 5-31 WHAT YOU THINK UPON GROWS DAYFinally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honorable, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think about these things.  – Philippians 4:8

THINK ABOUT JESUS

In case you think that positive thinking is a new thing…  take a look at this Scripture in Philippians, written so long ago by the Apostle Paul!  We’re encouraged to think on the following:

  • THINGS THAT ARE TRUE.  There isn’t much truth to be found in the world today, is there?  If you follow politics at all, you know how often the subject of dishonesty and crookedness comes up.  Sadly, we know more about what truth does NOT look like than what it does look like.  What is true – what do we need to think about and focus our attention on?  Glad you asked.  The same Bible written so long ago is the inspired Word of God Himself.  It is what we trust without question.  We make decisions after consulting it and praying to our God through Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior, the only One we can depend on completely.  A true thought is one that aligns with God’s laws and ways.
  • THINGS THAT ARE HONORABLE.  Honor is not a word we hear much anymore.  Do people in our world today know what it means?  It is a thought worthy of reputation; a thought that deserves respect or esteem. An honorable thought is what is right while transacting business, but it embraces also much more, and means that the Christian is to show respect to all the venerable and proper customs of society, when they did not violate conscience or interfere with the law of God.
  • THINGS THAT ARE JUST.  A just thought is one that “squares” with God, with your neighbor and with yourself.  It agrees with God’s justice and His righteousness.  It’s not judging, for only God is a judge for humanity – rather it is a thought that never gives up and holds out hope for everyone, for we know that’s what Jesus does.  He wants everyone to come to Him for saving grace.  Whosoever surely meaneth me…  and anyone else who will come to Christ for salvation.
  • THINGS THAT ARE PURE.  A pure thought refers to the state of mind and behavior of the body.  We need God’s help to achieve all of these, but in our day and age, to have pure thoughts is not possible without God’s Holy Spirit.  The moral standards these days do not lend themselves to chastity, but that does not mean that God accepts less than His best from us.  God gave you one mind and one body.  He wants HIS best for you.  He does not want you to settle for anything less.  He wants to help you develop pure thoughts and pray for the right relationship in His perfect time.
  • THINGS THAT ARE LOVELY.  A lovely thought is productive and positive in its intention.  It’s born of a good clean way of living and proper code of conduct.  It has to do with a temperament check that God’s Holy Spirit is happy to perform on His children if they ask Him to.  Think of it this way…  if we are children of a patient, loving Heavenly Father, how does it look to others if we are sour, crabby or irritable?  How confusing that must be to them!  It’s not helpful and does not reflect well on Christianity to find fault with everything, is it?  Keep your temper in check – better yet, ask God’s Holy Spirit to “check” it.  He will.
  • THINGS THAT ARE OF GOOD REPORT.  If you got a bad report card, would you show it to all your friends and family?  Of course you wouldn’t!  You’d possibly want to hide it from everyone.  But thoughts that are of good report are ones that you are anxious to share with others because they are ones that are beneficial for your fellow-man.  I’m sure we can all think of charitable institutions that are highly regarded and of excellent reputation.  These began with a thought of good report!  These thoughts are born of a sense of not only charity, but of courtesy, kindness, and respect.

Paul knew he couldn’t possibly hit on every single sort of thought a Christian should have, so he added that if any thought holds virtue or is worthy of praise – think on these things.

Negativity equals negative thinking – and that keeps Christians in neutral.  If we ask God’s Holy Spirit to help us, He will help our thinking be so much more positive – which equals productivity – and that keeps Christians pedaling forward, praising God along the way and being the positive influence on the world that God intended us to be!

The best part of all this is, if we ever feel as though we’re falling short of God’s best thoughts (and we all have fallen short) all we have to do is ask God, through Jesus, to forgive us and put us back on track.  He is so faithful to do that for us because He loves us so much!  🙂

 

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SEPTEMBER IS SELF-IMPROVEMENT MONTH

SEPTEMBER IS SELF-IMPROVEMENT MONTH

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Be a first-rate version of yourself, not a second-rate version of someone else.
– Judy Garland

Where has this year gone? Today is a brand new month! Hello, September!!! You know, most people make New Year’s resolutions, but I make New Month resolutions. This month I resolve to stop comparing me or my life with others. They have not walked my path and I have not walked theirs. September’s theme is “Live and Let Live”.  I vow not to compete, but be complete.

I happened to see an advertisement today that acted as a catalyst for this post.

Name: Paul & Darla Star Date Of Event: 9/1/13 Event Type: Reunion Venue: Century II – Wichita, KS    Comments: Bob from Notable Genius was AMAZING. You were the best DJ! We wanted high energy and people on the dance floor all night and he was able to keep all age groups happy and dancing.

I understand the value of word-of-mouth recommendations for advertisement, but there seems to be so much competition in life that I forget to look at my face in the mirror and promise to be a better me today than I was yesterday.  Sometimes we drown in the competition around us.  I know it’s just good business to put your name out there and get noticed, but sometimes it’s a good idea to be interested in giving someone else a hand up.  I wonder if it would hurt a person in business so much to do that.  There are too many heartless, competitive businesses.  When did the Golden Rule turn to rust?

Every day of our lives we are faced with a choice. From the moment we open our eyes in the morning, we can either choose to have a bitter attitude toward life and circumstances, or we can choose to have a better attitude toward life and circumstances. Is it really that simple? Yes, it is!

If you have tried to do something in your life and it doesn’t happen for you the first time, it’s a great temptation to just throw your hands in the air and give up, right? But what if you tried again – and maybe just tweak one little aspect of your plan. What if that one small change made all the difference between failure and success? There’s a mistaken idea that success just magically happens for people. I’m not sure how that lie got spread around, but it is not true. Success is a string of failures! Too many people just give up on their dream too soon. It’s sad because they will never realize their full potential – and the world may have missed out on something truly wonderful!

The choice to be better no matter what circumstances you find yourself in, really speaks to an individual’s integrity, character and moral fiber to a great extent. If a person tends to be more positive, they are more likely to hang in there and succeed. If a person has a negative outlook about life in general, they will more than likely give up when they come to the first bump in the road. A good attitude in life leads to positive actions – and positive results.  Pray for a good Samaritan to come along to lend a helping hand.

That’s a great skit! That poor girl just wanted to be useful but kept stepping on someone else’s toes. I’ve been there in church, haven’t you?  Sad but true.

Most people visiting a church are walking away from a bad situation. They either feel unwanted, unappreciated, over-worked or they felt invisible in their former church. It’s not the congregation’s job to figure out which group the visitor falls in.

Sometimes it’s difficult for a visitor to find their “niche'” in the body of Christ. I don’t mean to sound ugly, but it’s like nobody really wants to make room for anyone else to use their talents. Then there are times when you walk in the door and you are handed an entire LIST of jobs that nobody wants to do – so they really hope that you will take one of those jobs – or all of them.

The church really needs to be careful about how it approaches visitors. Everyone is different and we don’t want to exclude anyone, but we don’t want to bombard them with responsibilities either.  Wink!   😉