Do you ever feel like your life would be (almost) perfect if you could just attend church every day? There is just a feeling that overwhelms my heart when I leave service each week. I feel untouchable. No matter how negative a person I encounter, no matter how stressful or hard or undeserving a situation may be, I can handle it, hands down!
...then I wake up Monday morning. I'm usually running late and every now and again, my laundry is backed up. Which leads to me being EVEN LATER as I try to squeeze into something that I absolutely know is waaaayyyy to small for me (hence, my extensive cardigan collection)... But I digress...
I live a little off the beaten path and the interstate near my exit to work has been under transformation for almost three years now.
Being somewhat new in practicing my faith, I sometimes feel like I should wear a neon striped shirt with a caution sign. I am excited to a call myself a believer, but what can I do to make sure that others know that I am a work in progress? Here are my thoughts below!
Keep away from negativity. It is important to think good thoughts. It is so easy to get sucked back into our old habits when we fall into the negativity of those around us. If someone around you is negative, reverse their negativity into something positive.
A fool's mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul (Proverbs 18:7).
Be a light. It is easy to wallow in situations that are not necessarily ideal. Sure, you're late for work. But let's be thankful that we have jobs, because there is someone right now praying for the job that you are complaining about. Sure, you're frustrated that your husband isn't superman. But, we are blessed to have a partner in this life and if we submit our marriages to Christ and pray for our spouses we will see change when Jesus works in our favor.
For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (Ephesians 5:8).
Pray. Constantly. Don't be formal in prayer. Really talk to God. Talk to him as you would your dad. The more we seek him, the more the things of this world will not seem as important as we make them out to be.
What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also (1 Corinthians 14:15).