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October 08, 2013
What did you talk about today?
I know it sounds like a rather obvious or strange question, probably because, well it is.
But answer it: What did you talk about today?
When you opened your mouth to have conversation with your co-workers, when you called your significant other or your best friend on your lunch break to catch up or when you drove to work and talked to yourself as you prepared for the day- what words did you CHOOSE to say?
Were they something along the lines of:
“I am just so ready for Friday, I am over the work week.”
“Less than 50% of people pass this test and it’s so much information! I know I probably will have to take it again.”
“I am just not happy. I want to take a nap.”
I know you may think it sounds silly when you read “I just want to take a nap”, but it’s true- so many (actually I would venture to say all) of us go through seasons in our lives where we honestly would just rather take a nap than go through our day.
Work is insanely busy.
So we talk about how crazy busy we are.
We are strapped financially.
So we talk about our lack of money and how we wish we could do this and that.
We had a friend betray our trust.
So naturally, we bash them, informing everyone around us of their flaws in order to make ourselves feel better.
What do we talk about?
We talk about our BURDENS all the live-long day.
And no matter what we like to tell ourselves, it 1000000% affects our attitude and approach to our situations.
Our words are like a paintbrush, making it’s way across a canvas, directed by something much deeper than the tangible art it portrays, for it represents the heart and perspective of the painter.
Throughout the day, the strokes combine to form a picture that tells of our perspective.
Either we paint with words of fury and pain, derived from bitterness or resentment and rooted in negativity and self-doubt.
Or we paint with a spark of hope in our brush and a lightness about our strokes, knowing that no matter how much of a mess we feel as though our canvas looks, the Greatest Artist of all can turn it into a masterpiece.
We have a chance everyday to paint something beautiful, to build our lives with positivity and truth and plant ourselves firm in the confidence of our Savior.
I know it sounds cliché, I do.
But the cliché stuff is often the phrases that literally every human finds out to be true, that they are no longer seen as a unique revelation.
And this is one of those: The words you SAY make a difference in your DAY.
Life is hard. Often unfair. And full of disappointment, pain and heartache.
But not once did Jesus promise that would not be the case.
He simply said He has already overcome it so that WE may rejoice
So that we may speak words of LIFE into our own lives, into the lives of our co-workers around us and into the situations that fill the world we live in.
We need to stop wishing it was Friday so badly and start speaking life into these other days of the week!
People- we need to start talking about our BLESSINGS more and stop talking about our BURDENS!
My challenge for you today: Be AWARE of what comes out of your mouth.
If it’s a burden, refuse to keep carrying it throughout the week, give it to Jesus and refill it with a more vibrant color to paint on your canvas.
The more you focus on your blessings, the more naturally your brush takes to the canvas with light and even strokes, as though your hand was being driven by an artist bigger than you.
Speak life into your situation at work, at church, at home, at school or wherever it may be. Maybe situations don’t feel like a blessing now, but you can claim that with Jesus at work, He can use all things for the good of those who love Him!
Once you realize what you are speaking out, you may see why your canvas reflects a heart unlike your Maker.
Want to see your situation how He sees it?
Paint the picture with words of life, focus on your blessings and He will help you gain an eternal perspective.
Praying for you friends! It’s hump day, and a great one at that! So stop wishing it was Friday and be thankful for the day ahead
So, whatcha talkin’ bout today?
Blessings, not burdens, peeps.
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” -Ephesians 4:29
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