Have you ever met someone who always seems to be in a grumpy or bad mood? What about the person who seems to blame others for the misfortunes in their lives. I am sure most, it not everyone has a friend or at least knows someone like this. Along the way, I have learned a few “catch phrases” I would like to share:
What you focus on expands.
You reap what you sow.
Everyday you have a choice.
What you focus on expands. Think about it. Have you ever noticed whatever you seem to be spending the most time on tends to go the way you are focusing? I know someone who spent years trying to get out of debt. They spent their time looking at all bills, credit cards, loans, payments and trying to figure out why they never seemed to be making any forward progress. They were focusing on where they were, not how they got there in the first place. When they focused on the debt, which was all they saw, they went further into debt. A simple change to their focus, from debt to saving, helped turn them around. When they focused on debt, they couldn’t see the forest through the trees. They paid no attention on how they got there and what was keeping them there. You can’t get out of debt if you don’t save money. Once they started working on saving money and cutting back on their expenses, the debt began to go down. They looked at every purchase they were about to make and asked themselves one basic question, “Do I really need to buy this right now?” When the answer was no, they began to save money. By focusing on saving money, spending went down which was followed by their debt.
You reap what you sow. In Galatians 6: 7-9 it says: “7: Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8: For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” Have you ever known someone who is very sarcastic? We all know one of them…..some just have to look in the mirror. Look at their friends and people they associate with. Isn’t there a pattern of sarcasm among them and there is usually one person who always seems to take it just a bit too far. What about the person who is always happy, never seems to have a bad day, and is always able to cheer you up when you are having a bad day. Don’t they tend to have friends who are happy? Aren’t they infections? If you have ever seen the movie or read the book “The Secret” that is what the author is talking about. If you are positive and happy, you attract positive and happy people. If you are sarcastic, sarcastic people tend to want to hang around.
Everday you have a choice. When you wake up every morning, you make a choice to have a good day or a bad day. No one else can make that choice for you. It is yours and yours alone. If you spend the majority of your day or life thinking about how life could be different, you really aren’t happy with what you have and you won’t present yourself in a delightful and pleasant way. Life is always a series of choices. There is never just one option. Think about it. Just because you had an argument with one of your kids before school doesn’t mean you have to carry the emotions with you all day long. You can choose to let them go or to hold onto them and grow angrier and angrier all day long. In Joshua 24:15 it says, “choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
A long time ago, Jesus chose you. He accepted your sins to bring you eternal life and grant you access to his kingdom in heaven. Ask for his forgiveness. Believe in your heart. Choose you this day to accept Christ as your savior. The choice is yours.