Friday, September 21, 2012

A little goes a LONG way...

It's amazing to me how the simplest of things, the smallest of thoughts entertained, can make the most difference.  At least being a girl, being this girl, I can go from loving myself to tears all from one little number or dress or thought.

Why do things like that effect us so, why do we let the little things creep inside and ruin a perfectly good day?

This totally happened to me. One picture and I was broken in a million sad to let something so trivial affect me so much.  While my sisters helped, especially Elena, I'm kinda annoyed I was weak enough to fall for the negative train my mind likes to go on.  I've always tried to work on by pessimistic attitude, to flip it but this time I earned a F.

It shows you how much a little thought, small joke, or bit of sarcasm can really effect you (regardless if you think it does or not).  Studies have been done to prove the effect your thoughts can have on your mind and physical well-being.  Being someone who suffers from negativity, I've learned the truth regarding the thoughts-to-tongue connection.

"If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain" James 1:26 KJV

"Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. 

Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:  But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God." James 3:4-9 KJV

The New Kings James version mentions a ships rudder instead of helm, a slightly different aspect of the same intention.. A focus on how something so small can change the course of something so big!  

 "Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things." James 3:4-5 NKJV

It's just a friendly reminder I think we all can use regarding keeping a positive outlook, positive thoughts, & positive speech towards ourselves & others.

Things can always be worse...instead of being down because the glass is half empty, be glad it's not broken. If the glass is broken, then be glad your dirty dishes just got that much lighter!

"For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:" 1 Peter 3:10 KJV

One last verse but something to really think about. Instead of giving yourself so much idle time to think of the poor emptying glass, how about instead doing something positive for others to take your mind off of it!  Nothing can make you feel better then when you reach out & lend a helping hand who's needs are greater then your own.  

My church has always been big in outreach but what's neat is recently my work has been also.  They now do something for the community in the area on most Saturdays.  What could be better for a stressed & overwhelmed student or tired and overworked employee then to take their mind off of themselves, their studies/jobs, and offering help to those around them.  The few volunteering things I do take part of always leaves me feeling more fulfilled and uplifted then before.

"Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established" Proverbs 16:3 KJV

Just some things to think on this weekend and hopefully we can begin autumn in a positive manner, with love to ourselves and others

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