Adding LIFE to your years and years to your life!
Great sermon at church today that spoke to my heart and soul. Also the basis of the sermon was about Daniel and how he was unwilling to eat the Kings food, rather he choose to eat vegetables and water and how he was much stronger than the Kings gaurds who ate the Fat laiden foods of the King.
Daniel1: 8-10 But Daniel determined that he would not defile himself by eating the King's food or drinking his wine, so he asked the head of the palace staff to exempt him from the royal diet. The head of the palace staff, by Gods grace liked Daniel, but he warned him, "I'm afraid of what my master the king will do. He is the one who assigned this diet and if he sees that you are not as healthy as the rest, he'll have my head!"
Daniel1:11-13 But Daniel appealed to a steward who had been assigned by the head of the palace staff to be in charge of Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, "Try us out for ten days on a simple diet of vegetables and water. Then compare us with the young men who eat from the royal menu. make your decision on the basis of what you see."
Daniel1: 18-21 At the end of the time set by the king for their training, the head of the royal staff brought them in to Nebuchadnezzer. When the king interviewed them, he found them far superior to all the other young men. None were a match for Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. And so they took their place in the kings's service. Whenever the king consulted them on anything, on books or on life, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his kingdom put together. Daniel continued in the king's service until the first year in the reign of King Cyrus.
Integrity: the choices you make when no one is watching defines your integrity. You are the one with the most influence on your life and behavior, not others or your circumstances. However others and circumstances can affect your behavior so it is important to pay attention to who you hang out with and what you choose to believe about yourself.
Most importantly, it is what YOU believe about yourself that ultimately controls your behavior.
It is not wise to listen to others define you unless they are intent on building you up rather than tearing you down. You will become like the five people you hang out with the most. Make sure that you are hanging with people who choose to win and choose to see life through a positive, uplifting view point. People that truely care about others rather than only caring about what is in it for them. People who go the extra mile and see the good in others as well as life itself.
We are responsible for the people we allow into our lives. It is our decision as to who we let into our space. True, at times we do not always have free choice as to who we work with, but we always have a choice in how we handle the situation and what influence we allow them to have on us and our behavior.
Read uplifting books that help you to make improvements in yourself and provide growth. Be mindful of what you say as well as what you allow others around you to input into your life and influence your path with.
Be kind to everyone but being careful to gaurd your peace of mind and living space. Make it a space that is refreshing, uplifting and hormonious with your beliefs, values and ideas.
This may require a purging of your personal space of things you no longer want in your life as well as people that you no longer want to associate with closely.
Be the person you want to be, and allow others to be the person they are. It is okay to remove yourself from those you feel are not in harmony with how you want to live your life. It is okay to release them and fill your space with like minded people. No need to feel remorseful or sorry for realizing what is healthiest for you as well as them.
We are all beings of energy, be it positive, negative or a combination. Choose daily what energy you want to tap into and focus on. It truely is a choice, make it a good one.Don't try to figure out why others are as they are, just learn to appreciate that they are. We don't always have to have all the answers. Sometimes the best way to love someone is to keep your distance and just pray for peace in there life, and walk away. Other times, don't be afraid to show compassion and reach out to help someone who needs an encouraging word, but also don't allow them to pull you down in to a pool of negativity.
Learning to set proper boundaries leads to a peaceful way of life with less stress, and more contentment and happiness.
Its a brand new week, and I am thankful it is almost Monday!
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