Improving your life

 

photo credit - Lifehack

photo credit – Lifehack

I am always glad to find new ways to make my life better.  I like inspirational quotes & reading articles about self improvement.  We are a work in progress, ya know!  We should never stop improving. (Wait, did I just sound like a Lowe’s commercial?)  When it comes to ourselves we ought to always be looking for ways to be better.  With the new year, it seemed appropriate to visit this for a minute.

I read an article the other day on the Lifehack website.  It is called 7 Harsh Truths That Will Improve Your Life.  To get the full article go here.  However, today I want to pass along a few things that really hit home for me.  Number one on the list is this:

1.  No one is going to fix you.

It states “It is in your own personal interest to take personal responsibility for your own life.”  Have you ever seen people who were never wrong?  Even when they were wrong, well, if it weren’t for so and so doing such and such things would have never gotten out of hand.  They spend their time trying to justify their wrong doing by pointing the finger at someone else.  Nothing has ever been their fault.  When in fact they are cowards.  They just have a hard time owning up to anything.  Not only is this toxic for the person in question, it is poison for their family & those around them.  Most of the time, these are angry people.  They are not easily satisfied.  They are controlling.  They are rude & generally unhappy people.  They are waiting for something or someone to swoop in & make things all better.  Here is the harsh truth, until these folks decide within themselves to take responsibility for their actions, they will always be broken.

My mama would say,

“You’d better get your life in order, if you want the Lord to bless you.”

  At this point in my life, I get that.

 

Luke 16: 10-11 says He who is faithful in what is least, is faithful also in much, and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.  Therefore, if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? 

Jesus was talking about finances & money in this passage.  But it can be plugged in to your life as a whole.  If you don’t make your relationships, your Christian walk with Christ, your heart right, why would God give you more opportunities than you already have?  If you can’t take care of those simple things, I just bet He’s not going to bless you with more- until you learn to make right what He’s already given to you.

My Mamaw used to say,

“You better clean off your own doorstep, before you start tryin’ to clear off mine.”

Meaning, if you busy yourself with keeping your own life in order, you will never have time to be throwing off on someone else.  This year, I pray the Lord will help me to take care of the areas in my life that need attention.  That I will not blame others for my problems.  And that I will take responsibility for what comes out of my mouth & how I treat others.   In Galatians 5:23 the apostle Paul gives self control as a commandment, not a suggestion.  There will always be those who can’t come to grips with taking personal charge of what they say & do.  I have heard people say, “Well, she may do that, but she is going to know what I think about it.”  Followed by ranting & raving that never makes a bit of difference.  You know what?  Most of the time, people don’t care what we think.  All the hissy fits in the world ain’t gonna make a difference.  Why in the world would you waste your energy that way?  Turn that negative energy into something healthy & productive.

A strong positive attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug. – Patricia Neal

Developing a strong positive attitude is a step toward fixing yourself.  The world is full of discouragement & complaints, heartaches & pain.  Confront whatever it is that is making you mentally unhealthy & make 2014 a year of freedom from bad thoughts, worries, & struggles.  Pray about it & then take action.  Right wrongs, forgive others, ask for forgiveness, & let go of resentment.  It just ain’t worth it.

I am so happy you decided to stop by for a while.  I hope & pray you have had a wonderful new year’s holiday.  I ate my blackeyed peas, turnip greens, and hog jowl.  Bring on 2014!  I am ready!  For now,  I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

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