How Will You Conduct Yourself Today?

Today is Tuesday and you are now into your week. Yesterday I mentioned that you might be looking at the week to come and realize you have a number of challenges that must be dealt with. Facing those challenges was the crux of my post.

As you approached some of your challenges yesterday, did you give any thought as to how you would act while taking care of business? I don’t mean were you aggressive, professional or success oriented while working with others? As a child of God you have the responsibility for conducting yourself in such a way as to reflect Jesus Christ and God’s love in you and for others.

Paul writes in Colossians that we should “Conduct ourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.” There is a lot of wisdom in that passage. Why?

Think about that one co-worker or supervisor that is especially difficult to work with. I think all of us at one time or another have been in that situation. How did you handle it? With wisdom and love or were you passive-aggressive in your approach? No matter how you handled the situation, if your response was not seasoned with salt (love), then you probably weren’t too successful in achieving your goals.

The best example we have to follow in our daily lives is Jesus Christ. Think about how He responded when dealing with the Pharisees and Sadducees of the day. No matter what the situation or who He was dealing with, Jesus responded with wisdom and love.

That’s your goal for today. Respond with wisdom and love in all that you say and do. You will be blessed.

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Switch On Your Brain…The Key to Peak Happiness, Thinking, and Health

Our brain, that chunk of gray tissue sitting inside our skull, is a very powerful tool. It is a fascinating organ and can solve many of our problems or at least provide the direction and wisdom we need to have a degree of mental health and success in life.

The Bible states in Proverbs 23:7 that, “as a man thinks within his heart, so he is.” There is a lot of wisdom that can be drawn from this verse. I am currently reading a book titled “Switch On Your Brain…The Key to Peak Happiness, Thinking, and Health” by Dr. Caroline Leaf, a Christian Neuroscientist. Her book discusses various facets of the brain, how it works, the messages it sends to itself and to our consciousness.

Without getting too complicated, Dr Leaf writes in her book that a miswiring of brain regions involved in the default mode network, leads to all kinds of ups and downs which may even be part of disorders ranging from Alzheimer’s to Schizophrenia. She also writes that toxic thinking produces this miswiring resulting in a decrease of activity in the task positive network. This causes maladaptive, depressive ruminations and a decrease in the ability to solve problems. This makes us feel foggy, confused, negative and depressed.

So, what’s my point in this anatomy lesson of the brain? It’s just this—your mind can powerfully and unexpectedly change your brain in positive ways when you intentionally direct your attention. “Direct your attention to what?” you might ask. It’s the kind of internal dialogue (thinking) that you have with yourself that affects the outcome of whatever you’re dealing with. Here’s an example of toxic thinking that most, if not all of us, can identify with. “I’ll never be able to….(you fill in the blank here).”

When you think this way, guess what, you will act exactly the way you are thinking. God gave us a brain to function in this life with peace, wisdom, and happiness. Through our meditating on scripture, we wire our brain in such a way as to have positive thoughts about ourselves and the outcome of our lives. One disclaimer here, this is not in any way a blog post supporting the religious point of view of “name it and claim it.”

God wants only the best for us. He has given us the ability to have peace, happiness and wisdom as long as we have positive thinking and not toxic thinking that brings us down. “As a man thinks within his heart, so he is” can be the key to our happiness and success in the life God has given us.

When You Need Wisdom

Where does a child go to get an answer to their questions? Whom do they seek? Whom do they ask?

Think about it—your child comes to you, in faith, when they have a question because they see you as their source for wisdom. You don’t always have the correct answer but you will give them your best answer. Why? Because you love them so much.

As an adult where do you go when you need wisdom? You’ve been struggling with an issue and just can’t seem to get your head around it. The Bible says it very clearly for us. It is found in James 1:5-6.

5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.

Don’t wait until you are overwhelmed with troubles or questions. Go to God humbly with your petitions, questions, doubts and concerns. He will lovingly give you all you need for that moment. He will give you His best.

Maturity In The Lord

Maturity in the Lord is a lifelong process. The heavenly Father will continue to grow His children until He brings them home. Seek the Lord’s wisdom and truth, and ask that He reveal anything holding you back from a beautiful friendship with Him. He wants to walk closely with you all of your days—and for all of eternity.

The rewards of our maturity in the Lord are great. First, our Father removes any spiritual obstacles that impede a close walk with Him. Second, we gain greater intimacy with the Lord and with others. Third, as resentment, fear, and other ungodly attitudes stop draining us, our energy is renewed and serving God becomes a joy instead of a duty. Fourth, regardless of circumstances, we experience spiritual freedom through forgiveness.

All of these benefits lead to deeper fulfillment, peace, and joy. And, maturity in the Lord.

A Time For Prayer

I would like to ask everyone reading my blog to pray today. Pray for the leaders of this great nation we live in. Also, pray for the leaders of other countries around the world.

As you might be aware our President has made comments to the leader of North Korea that could be taken as provocative and in some estimation challenging. North Korea has been flexing its muscle concerning the building and use of nuclear weapons on the United States. That scenario is too horrible to think about.

Nagasaki and Hiroshima Japan are two examples in recent history of the use of nuclear weapons and the mass destruction that resulted. Many people were killed or maimed and the property damage was staggering.

As some of our politicians have said, the best approach to dealing with North Korea is diplomacy. I think the best approach is prayer. Ask almighty God to give wisdom to all the leaders of the world in this great time of tension, stress and need.