Wednesday, March 30, 2011

One Moment

I woke up this morning feeling very grouchy. Ever have those days?... And you don't know why??

Yeah that was me. No reason. Just grouchy.

I walked around the house picking out every little thing that was bugging me. I was sore and felt like I had worked out for hours yesterday when all I did was paint a bookshelf. Which then got me started on how out of shape I am and that I need to start working out again, but wondering when I had the time and poor me and oh look Asher's shoes were left on the stairs and the can opener was left out...it went and on and on.

And then it hit me. "Change your attitude"

Whaaa?

Who? Me?

But that's MY line!

I am always telling the kids to change their attitude and I impress in each of them that they have the power to make it a good day or a bad day. It's all in the attitude. And all a matter of CHOICE.

Now here I was griping, complaining, sulking, boo-hoo ing and then... BAM- God said, Laura, change the attitude.

....Dramatic pause.

Conviction....

You're right Lord. "What am I doing?" I have absolutely no reason to be in a bad mood.

I then had a choice to make. One choice in one moment...I could make it a good day, or I could make it bad day.

So I started to pray and as I did, God brought this quote to my mind...

"Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your action, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character for it becomes your destiny"

Wow. What power we hold. It's amazing that what we allow our mind to dwell on leads to our destiny.

I think we sometimes wonder why things aren't going a certain way for us. We wonder why a door isn't being opened, or why one was shut. We question. We get frustrated. Impatient. Angry.

But imagine, if we took one moment to change our thoughts...change our words, our actions, our habits, our character....it could change our destiny.

I have learned that often times, when I am feeling down, when I'm getting frustrated or impatient...when I'm feeling grouchy... all it takes is doing something for someone else to turn it around completely.

It's so easy to get lost in our little world, our needs, our wants....but if we turn our focus outwardly, all of those things will get taken care of no matter what. God tells us so...

"Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies"
{Philippians 4:8-9 The Message Bible}

Today had every opportunity to be a bad day. I could have let it get away from me and just chalked it up as one of those days...But we have the power to change even the outcome of our day.

The destiny of our day.


One moment.

It took one moment and a little extra effort everytime I saw the sweet older lady who works in the fabric section of my Hobby Lobby. Each time we go in, I chip away bit by bit. I keep smiling, I keep talking, I keep looking at her...

Today she made eye contact. Today she asked me what the kids names were. Today she smiled.
A lot.

And today the kids walked away with a new friend named "Miss Mabel".

It made my day.

Sometimes it just takes a little smile, a hug, a word of encouragement...sometimes it may take persistence, more effort, more time, more of our energy... But when God's love is shining through us, when we are living out His love... it is never ending and unfailing. It is persistent.

Because He is persistent.

One moment changed my day around. One decision to change my thoughts may have changed not only my destiny, but someone else's as well.

Because I intend to keep chipping away at Miss Mabel. And I intend to find out why God wants me to.

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