During the last month our pastor has been teaching on how the small things that you do in your life, whether it be your one word, thoughts, words, or habits, make a big difference. I love this because it’s so true!
The main thought that he shared each week was this:
It’s often the small things that no one sees that result in the big things that everyone wants. – Pastor Craig Groeschel
If we want to see a big difference in our lives, it begins with our thoughts. We need to control our thoughts and make sure that they are fixed on spiritual things and not destructive things. It’s so easy to get trapped in a negative mindset where we’re down on life and thinking things are terrible. But are they really? We live in a country of many blessings and we have things so good!
I think we can all say we’ve known that one person who is a victim of everything. Nothing works well for them, everything is always wrong, they’re always unlucky or upset or mad, and the world is just out to get them. Think about your Facebook friends – don’t you know someone who always has something negative to say? I do. And it makes me sad! Because those people don’t have to be that way. We aren’t victims and we can choose to find the good in things. When we focus on the negative that’s exactly what we’re going to get. If you’re looking for the positive in things though, you will find it! Sometimes you might have to look a little harder but it’s there!
I’ll give you one example. I follow someone on Twitter – someone I don’t know in person – who has complained several times about how much she hates to pay the bills. I don’t look at it like that. I’m GLAD to pay the bills. Now before you think I’m crazy – it’s not that I enjoy seeing money go flying out of my account, but there have been times in my life where paying the bills wasn’t possible. There wasn’t any money there to do so. So I don’t look at paying the bills as a negative thing. I look at it as a positive thing because we have the money to do so. What a blessing that is!
If we force ourselves to think positive thoughts and find the good in things, then positive words are what will come out when we speak to others. Doesn’t it feel so much better to give an encouraging word to someone than to tear them down? Doesn’t it feel better when we build someone up or compliment them on something rather than gossip about them behind their back? Our pastor has told us before, and he told us through this series too, “If you think something good, say it!” If you can give someone a compliment in any way – do it! Why would you hold that blessing in and not give it away? It feels great when someone recognizes us for an accomplishment or something so why not give that recognition to others whenever we can?
Once you start thinking good thoughts and sharing good words, it will become a habit in your life. Before you know it you’ll be a positive and encouraging person! Not sure if you are right now? Go back through your Facebook profile and look at the statuses that you’ve put up over the last few weeks. Do you notice a positive trend or a negative one? Do you complain a lot or are you encouraging and sharing the blessings in your life? Ask those who are around you daily if they think you speak in a positive way or a negative way.
Of course, you can apply these principles to lots of situations in your life and make good habits in many different areas so think about one thing that you want to change. What is so important to you that you want it to be better or different? What can get you started to make that change?
For us, it’s getting out of debt. My husband and I want to live debt free so we are trying to focus on that and make our thoughts, words, and actions fall into step with that plan. We’re thinking of new things to do, eliminating some things we shouldn’t be doing, and trying to make a fresh start! What about you? What do you want to do?