Hello old friends, new followers, and fellow bloggers-
I was trying to decide if I wanted to blog today, being that it is my day of rest but I noticed something that has rubbed me the wrong way. The problem is that I see this among fellow ” Christians, ” those who are supposedly filled with the love of God. I was talking to the Lord today about how I’ve been getting beat up emotionally and verbally by my fellow brothers and sisters. The attitudes of those I’ve encountered this weekend, if I was not a Christian would make me not come to Christ. This saddened me because I am a Christian, so for me to even think that way disturbed me. So by the title of this post, you can sense where I am going. If you profess Christianity of to be any kind of follower of Christ, I kindly remind you to watch your attitude and how you speak to people. We are to love those around us, love and compassion is supposed to be the differentiating factor between us and the world. How are we different, if we don’t love? If we aren’t kind or hold any ounce of compassion within us? Those who hold compassion truly emulate Christ, because even when he passes judgement- it is still in love. Our attitudes can be the determining factor on whether someone comes to know Christ or not. We have to be careful on how we project Christ to the world, especially those in spiritual leadership. Sarcasm, rude speech, negative talk is not a characteristic of God. He is never intentionally mean and hateful towards us. Nor is he ever “nice-nasty”, getting us “told” without thought. That is not who God is…. and those who project Him that way, haven’t taken the time to truly know Him. Y’all I’ve been guilty of using these tactics but as i come to know Him, i realize that my attitude is very important. Sometimes, you have to sacrifice being right to keep the peace in your environment. I learned that you don’t always have to get the last word nor do you always have to confront people on what they’ve done. Instead, go to God and ask Him to handle the situation- I rather Him handle it than for me to compromise my witness even for a second. We are all works in progress, myself included- so I encourage you guys to keep at it. Don’t let others immaturity skew your image of God and your budding relationship with Him, Be the bigger person and God will cause everything to work out for you. Watch Your Attitude!!!!
Until next time,
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Last time we spoken, I was reflecting on the need to be emptied. This necessity to let go of everything and be filled again by God. This evening, I am going to discuss taking time to chill, we all need time to relax and be with family and I think that Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday to do just that. When I say chill, many think of hanging on the couch or using some kind of sedative substance to find this inner mellow. To chill, according to Mo’s dictionary, is to take a moment out of a busy schedule/fast-paced lifestyle and to reflect on what’s around you in a manner of gratitude. This goes beyond normal relaxation techniques and incorporates an attitude of thanksgiving as well.
I think we all accomplish a state of relaxation one day or another but I think that we miss the mark of incorporating an attitude of thanksgiving while we are relaxing. Some of us relax because we are trying to lower our blood pressure, forget about the trials of the day, or we are trying to escape what we must face ahead. Instead of being thankful for what’s around us, we focus our thoughts on what we need, what’s next, what we have to return to, and how much life sucks in that moment. This negative attitude ruins the effects of our chill and we find ourselves at square one. If I thought negative thoughts while I was trying to reach a period of peace, I would be so frustrated that I would quit while I was ahead.
The point that I am trying to make is that peace and relaxation is just as much about our thoughts and attitude as well as our decrease of activities. There is no point for me to clear my schedule in hopes of chilling, in order to have negative thoughts. Can you imagine me sitting on my couch with cup of tea, my favorite soothing mix playing, thinking about how much my life sucks? Those thoughts did not fit the picture of relaxation that I was trying to create. What if I sat down with my tea and music and began to think thoughts of thanksgiving? What if I began to think about God’s grace and mercy to me? What if for a moment I found time to chill? To really chill?
I think that it is in these moments, moments of thanksgiving and chillness, that we truly began to hear God speak to our hearts and comfort us through the trials and pain. We begin to experience an inner peace like no other and come to the place where nothing shake us. Our boss may yell at us, our dog may die, and our kids may act like they are on some other kind of stuff, but nothing will be able to shake us and our peace will remain . When we change our attitudes from an attitude of complaint to thanksgiving we will find ourselves in a state of a perpetual chill. It’s time to chill!