Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Your Environment Matters

your environment fish tank
I recently bought a couple Koi fish to put in my half oak barrel, that I have on my front porch. I also bought the water conditioning stuff that is supposed to remove chlorine and heavy metals to make the water safe for the fish. I'm not sure what happened. The other night, when I put the fish in there, they were dead by morning. I was reminded of something that I had learned about your environment.
About how "where you are, matters as much as what you are." If you want to prosper, you have to be aware of the environment that you are trying to grow in. Does it inspire you? Is it an environment that promotes your success? Does it have toxic things in it? Maybe toxic things that you aren't aware of that are unknowingly holding you back. Toxic things that, just like my fish, could bring death to your dreams. People can be toxic. Bad relationships can be toxic. People who feed your weaknesses or doubts can be toxic. Other things that you allow in your environment can be toxic too. Watching too much negative news can be toxic. It can cause you to view the world as a negative place and forget the amazing blessings right in front of you. Listening to negative music can be toxic. If it doesn't line up with your values, then why do you allow it into you ears? Why would you want to sing along with songs that you wouldn't even share with a child? I have a personal rule that I've created for myself, if I couldn't watch or listen to it with a child, I probably shouldn't be listening or watching it. The mind is a powerful computer and like the old saying goes, "if you put trash in, you'll get trash out." Does your environment inspire you? Is it helping you become the best you? Does it allow room for your growth? My fish had no option really on the environment that I moved them into and sometimes we don't either, but unlike them, we have a choice on whether or not we stay there. We have a choice to move on or change our current environment. We have a lot of influence on our environment. We can bring joy to wherever we are. For example, say we are at the workplace or school. We can sow a seed of kindness and blessing there to our coworkers or fellow students. One word spoken at the right time, has the potential of changing a persons day. A good word can lift them up, make them smile and they will pass that kindness on to everyone they come in contact with throughout the day. Be aware of your environment. Take control of it as much as you can and influence it for the positive. You can't prosper in every environment, you must either change it, or find one that allows you to grow. Not every plant can grow in every soil or every climate. This is also true for us. If you are going to bloom where you are planted, then you need to plant yourself in the right place.

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Get Moving!!


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I read a lot of motivational/inspirational teaching materials because I believe that where the mind goes, the man will follow. (That's a quote from one) Anyways, I believe that what separates us from what we want is our wisdom. A lot of time we are waiting on God to do something, but He is waiting on us. What I mean is that when you seek wisdom and education in the things that He directs you to, you will then qualify for promotion by Him. He waits on us to do what we can, to bloom where we are planted then He will do the rest. I just read a quote earlier that says "God creates the seasons, but discoveries schedule them." think about that for a few seconds. Hmmm, "God creates the seasons,but it's your discoveries that schedule them." When you increase your wisdom, your season will change. When you discover something you don't know about yourself or God's word, then your season will change. Maybe it's a weakness in yourself that you aren't aware of. Or maybe it's a strength or gift you have that you haven't recognized. If you haven't recognized a strength, or your greatest gift, then you haven't celebrated it and focused on it. Focusing on your greatest gifts will bring you success. It's what makes you different from another that has the potential of making you great here on earth and allows you to affect so many people in a positive way. The bible teaches that the Holy Spirt is your mentor. He will guide you into all truth. He speaks to you about every area of your life. He will guide you in the direction you should go. Honor Him, listen to Him, expect to be led by Him daily. God wants you to be successful in what it is He has assigned you to do here on earth. He promises that He will bless the work of our hands. That's exciting because it's not always about waiting on God to do something. We can pray, then move out in faith and work towards something. He will bless it. If we are on the wrong path, He will show us along the way and guide us to the right one. The important thing is to get moving though. Pray, listen, decide, then move in faith.

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Trust

God never promised that we would understand everything.
In fact, we are told not to even try.


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It says in proverbs........

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding."
Proverbs 3:5

God gave us a mind to think for ourselves of course, but I think that we can kinda fall into a trap when we start always expecting to understand His ways. Always trying to figure out what He is going to do next or how He's going to do it. I find myself sometimes falling into this trap. It's not even possible for us to know these things. We are finite human beings and He is an infinite God. It says in Isaiah 55:8-9

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, 
 so are my ways higher than your ways 
 and my thoughts than your thoughts.

His wisdom is so far above ours that we can't even grasp it. This is why we must trust Him. We do our part in faith, all the while, trusting Him that He is with us and working things out in our lives for the best.

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28

Imagine knowing where every insect is on the earth at this very moment. What that insect is doing. How many legs they have and how fast those legs are moving right now. Now imagine knowing this information for not just this very moment, but every moment in the past, the present and the future. Wow, this kind of wisdom is mind blowing, and God knows all of this. Not to mention the fact that He knows everything about all things, in all eternity.

Again, this is absolutely mind blowing. How can such an amazingly incredibly wise being even relate to us? Is it like us compared to the ant on the sidewalk? We don't even see him as we walk our path, and his fragile body is no match for our giant foot?
Actually, God is aware of every little detail in our lives and is concerned with our well being. It says in Matthew 6:25-26

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

We can trust that even though God has such great wisdom, far above ours, that He is still intimately concerned about us and our well being. So quit trying to figure Him out and trust Him.

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