I LOVE these two verses. They were truly tested yesterday. Well, I was truly tested yesterday. Trying to keep my opinions out of conversation, looking for opportunities to talk to people, seeking serving opportunities, PLUS dealing with cranky teens….all set my mind a whirling. I had to FORCE myself to do my readings when I didn’t feel like it.
Colossians 3:2 Amplified Bible (AMP). 2 And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth.
Romans 12:2 New International Version (NIV) 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
We must keep getting up no matter what. In lesson 4 of Haanel and OG, creating good habits and practice is really what is screaming at me. Perfect Practice Prevents Poor Performance. It’s in the little things. If it is just making 2 calls each day for your business, choosing to walk instead of go to the snack stand, reading great brain food instead of FB or news, taking 2 minutes to speak positive words to others instead of boasting on ourselves, drinking water instead of soda, and the little things go on….
Haanel 5.12 says, “The thing to do is to have a mental housecleaning, and to have this house cleaning every day, and keep the house clean. Mental, moral and physical cleanliness are absolutely indispensable if we are to make progress of any kind.”
Keep renewing our minds daily: feed it with good word, say it outloud many times per day. We are so bombarded with the worlds words of greed and selfishness that we have to stand up and prepare every morning and finish strong every night. Do it for yourself. Do it for your family. Teach it to your children.
And to finish this post,
Proverbs 16 New International Version (NIV)
16 To humans belong the plans of the heart,
but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.
2 All a person’s ways seem pure to them,
but motives are weighed by the Lord.
3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
and he will establish your plans.
4 The Lord works out everything to its proper end—
even the wicked for a day of disaster.
5 The Lord detests all the proud of heart.
Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.
Be humble, be a servant, let the Lord talk and work through you.