Remind yourself that you don’t have to do what everyone else is doing. – Unknown
Just some pups to make you smile :)
This week I have been thinking so much about a post I wrote a little while back called “Decree Your Destiny.” Mainly because I have been making a conscious effort to not complain. Even when everything seems to be going wrong, we still have things to be thankful for. I decided that I’d rather live a life of thankfulness, than one of complaint.
Don’t we just love to complain when things aren’t exactly as we’d like? That temptation is always right there when the weather (heaven forbid) is 5 degrees hotter or colder than we like, or our neighbors are being loud again, or we don’t have enough money to do something we want, or people being rude, etc. It’s usually the little things that we complain about. I encourage you to do what I did. This week, really monitor what you say. How many times do you complain? Often times it is so second nature that we don’t even realize how much we do it. I was shocked when I did this – not only at how much I complained, but what I complained about. Meaningless stuff. Minor inconveniences – that was what I was complaining about. I was appalled at myself. Here I am, blessed with so many things that the Lord has given me, and instead of relishing in that I choose to complain about the neighbor who parked in my usual parking spot. Seriously?! So I embarked on a mission, one that hasn’t been the easiest, but it has already been paying off. My mission – no complaining. I don’t always succeed at this, but when I fall I pick myself up, dust myself off, repent, and try to learn from it so I don’t repeat it. Look at what Paul said to the church at Philippi, “Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people” (Philippians 2:14-15). Boom right there. No complaining.
Speaking life is important. So many people don’t realize how powerful their words really are. The Lord created the world by SPEAKING. Now, if we are made in His image and likeness, wouldn’t that mean that our words are powerful too? That they have the potential to create – either good or bad. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” (Proverbs 18:21). Just let that marinate. Death and life are in the power of the tongue. That is big. It means that every word we say counts. Every word either will bring life, or it will bring death. This is why Paul says no complaining. Complaining affects not only our perspective in a negative way, but also everything around us. It can completely shut us off to something God is doing. I have noticed that, in the past couple weeks of stopping complaining, that my perspective on life is way better. My joy is maintained a lot longer. I attract people, because people like to be around joyful people. My relationship with the Lord has grown because I am focused more on Him. The benefits are endless. So I encourage you to speak life, don’t complain. Really monitor what you say, and you will see a huge change in a positive direction. Honestly, is the complaining worth it? Is it worth missed opportunities, less joy, less peace, furthering ourselves from the Lord and others? In my opinion, no. It may be a bit of an adjustment at first, but it is one that I think will pay off with more than we could have hoped for or imagined.
If you love me, you will keep my commandments. – John 14:15 (ESV)
To the chief Musician. [A Psalm] of David, the servant of Jehovah, who spoke to Jehovah the words of this song in the day that Jehovah had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies and out of the hand of Saul. And he said,
18 I will love thee, O Jehovah, my strength.
2 Jehovah is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my rock, in whom I will trust; my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower.
3 I will call upon Jehovah, who is to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
4 The bands of death encompassed me, and torrents of Belial made me afraid.
5 The bands of Sheol surrounded me, the cords of death encountered me.
6 In my distress I called upon Jehovah, and I cried out to my God; he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, into his ears.
7 Then the earth shook and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains trembled and shook, because he was wroth.
8 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals burned forth from it.
9 And he bowed the heavens, and came down; and darkness was under his feet.
10 And he rode upon a cherub and did fly; yea, he flew fast upon the wings of the wind.
11 He made darkness his secret place, his tent round about him: darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.
12 From the brightness before him his thick clouds passed forth: hail and coals of fire.
13 And Jehovah thundered in the heavens, and the Most High uttered his voice: hail and coals of fire.
14 And he sent his arrows, and scattered [mine enemies]; and he shot forth lightnings, and discomfited them.
15 And the beds of the waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were uncovered at thy rebuke, Jehovah, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils.
16 He reached forth from above, he took me, he drew me out of great waters:
17 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me; for they were mightier than I.
18 They encountered me in the day of my calamity, but Jehovah was my stay.
19 And he brought me forth into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.
20 Jehovah hath rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.
21 For I have kept the ways of Jehovah, and have not wickedly departed from my God.
22 For all his ordinances were before me, and I did not put away his statutes from me;
23 And I was upright with him, and kept myself from mine iniquity.
24 And Jehovah hath recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.
25 With the gracious thou dost shew thyself gracious; with the upright man thou dost shew thyself upright;
26 With the pure thou dost shew thyself pure; and with the perverse thou dost shew thyself contrary.
27 For it is thou that savest the afflicted people; but the haughty eyes wilt thou bring down.
28 For it is thou that makest my lamp to shine: Jehovah my God enlighteneth my darkness.
29 For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.
30 As for God, his way is perfect; the word of Jehovah is tried: he is a shield to all that trust in him.
31 For who is +God save Jehovah? and who is a rock if not our God?
32 The God who girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect,
33 Who maketh my feet like hinds’ [feet], and setteth me upon my high places;
34 Who teacheth my hands to war, and mine arms bend a bow of brass;
35 And thou didst give me the shield of thy salvation, and thy right hand held me up; and thy condescending gentleness hath made me great.
36 Thou didst enlarge my steps under me, and mine ankles have not wavered.
37 I pursued mine enemies, and overtook them; and I turned not again till they were consumed.
38 I crushed them, and they were not able to rise: they fell under my feet.
39 And thou girdedst me with strength to battle; thou didst subdue under me those that rose up against me.
40 And mine enemies didst thou make to turn their backs unto me, and those that hated me I destroyed.
41 They cried, and there was none to save;—unto Jehovah, and he answered them not.
42 And I did beat them small as dust before the wind; I did cast them out as the mire of the streets.
43 Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; thou hast made me the head of the nations: a people I knew not doth serve me.
44 At the hearing of the ear, they obey me: strangers come cringing unto me.
45 Strangers have faded away, and they come trembling forth from their close places.
46 Jehovah liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of my salvation,
47 The God who hath avenged me, and hath subjected the peoples to me;
48 Who hath delivered me from mine enemies: yea, thou hast lifted me up above them that rose up against me; from the man of violence hast thou delivered me.
49 Therefore will I give thanks to thee, Jehovah, among the nations, and will sing psalms to thy name.
50 [It is he] who giveth great deliverances to his king, and sheweth loving-kindness to his anointed, to David, and to his seed for evermore.
- Psalm 18 (DARBY)
There is a path that may seem straight to someone,
but in the end it is a path to death.
- Proverbs 14:12 (CEB)
Good evening! Hope you have enjoyed a pleasant day today! Just a word to set your life to moving forward this week! You have to decide what are your top priorities and have great courage to say “No” to other things that do not move you forward! This is a great season that you are in today! Always remember that your faith and your focus on your dream will enable you to achieve it! Keep building your future! Be Blessed! – Coy Barker