How We Grow!
It is never too late to start growing.
“To change your life, you must change the way you think. Behind everything you do is a thought. Every behavior is motivated by a belief, and every action is prompted by an attitude. God revealed this thousands of years before psychologist understood it: be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.”
“Let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God- what is good and is pleasing to Him and is perfect.” Romans 12:2B (TEV)
Question to ask yourself: What is one area where I need to stop thinking my way and start thinking God’s way?
~ Rick Warren, What On Earth Am I Here For?
*Start today changing the way you think and when negative thoughts come to mind replace them with positive thoughts.*
2 Corinthians 10:5King James Version (KJV)
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Philippians 4:8King James Version (KJV)
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
The moment you realize that you may not fit into someone’s life the way you place them into yours, it’s ok. Sometimes your season is up so move on, take it for what it was worth and know it’s ok. Stop trying to make seasonal or situational people lifetime people. Accept and appreciate those who want you, accept you, appreciate you, and celebrate you. A relationship should never be one sided….. Real Talk!!!!!
As I sit here at the county jail I watch this young man look out the door of a interview room as he patiently awaits for an officer to come by and take him back to his cell. My thoughts were either this guy is patient, has developed patience or is he silently frustrated and refuses to show it in fear of the repercussions. I can’t help but to wonder as I watch him dance to someone else music waiting for every beat telling him which direction to go in. It’s sad to watch someone look out a glass window staring at the freedom they once use to possess. At least physical freedom.
One can be locked up physically but mentally free and physically free but mentally locked up.
I could only imagine pacing around in a small box like cell imagining what is, what could be, what was, and what’s to come. Echoes of the gates slamming, cell doors locking, people yelling, and predators watching. If you are wise you will do your time, learn from your bad decision and leave, to never return to this place called prison.
When you are in jail/prison you are stripped from head to toe. All your belongings are taken away, one-by-one, as you watch what was once yours be taken away and you wonder will you ever get it back. Jail is short term and prison is long term.
A person in jail/prison does not have to look like someone who sits is in a 4×4, cold, poorly lit cell. It can a 5’7″, long hair, beautiful to the eye, flawless women who can’t seem to let shake a no good man who is dogging her out. It can be a 6’1, tall, dark and handsome guy who convinces himself that the women he loves will come home one day and love him the way he feels like he deserves. It can be a person who feels like they know it all and they can’t learn anything new, refusing to think outside of the box. Jail/prison is the bondage you allow yourself to be in whether it’s physically or mentally. A person mentally locked up can be worst than a person who is physically locked up. If you’re lucky and you recognize you are in some form of bondage it may only feel like being in jail for a short period of time if you choose to make changes and move on. If you being in bondage last a long period of time like being in prison it may feel harder to get out of and may even start to feel normal.
Don’t allow yourself not to be free! Free yourself from bondage of people, lust of the flesh, material things, opinion of others, lack of knowledge, ignorance, loving someone else more than yourself, unforgiveness, self pity, greed, impure thoughts, stinking thinking, fornication, adultery, procrastination, idolatry, fear, doubt, jealousy, enviousness, insecurity, rejection and anything else that will hold you back. Don’t find yourself being stripped from head to toe by allowing any of these things to take control of your life. Don’t be a prisoner within yourself due to fear within yourself or of someone else. If it, whatever it (person, place or thing) is, feels like a weight then you may be in bondage to IT.
If you allow anything to hold you back from being free then you are no better off, in some cases, than an inmate who looks out the glass window wishing to get out from behind bars and be free from jail where life awaits him. Let it go, free yourself, let go and let God!!! Real Talk!!!
If you did not know today is International Women’s Day. Take a look at this article to see what it’s about. Something to take into consideration and think about.