Thursday, April 20, 2017

What does the Bible say?

Positive Bible Verses (KJV):

Philippians 4
v4: Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
v6: Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
v8: Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
V13: I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

We go about our lives, thank God for everything positive.  As we go, look for the positive.  As we go, ask God to give the strength to be positive and helpful.  When we do not have the strength to be positive, Christ does.

Jeremiah 29
v11: For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

As we go about our lives, hard times will be a part of our lives.  Our attitude toward these hard times shows our true colors.  It is easy to be positive and kind in good times.  When you are positive and kind in the hard times, that is your true character … your true mental and moral qualities distinctive.

Ephesians 4
v31: Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice
v32:  And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

Why do people feel like they have to be BRUTALLY HONEST?  These verses do not mean for us to BRUTALLY HONEST, but to be LOVINGLY HONEST.  BRUTAL means savagely violent, the person intends to cause more pain to wound. LOVING means showing great care, the person intends to heal the wound.  When someone hurts you, how do you confront them … negatively or positively.  If you are hurting so bad that all you can be is hurtful towards them, wait.


Matthew 15
V11: Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.

Is the language, our words, positive and blessings?  Defiles mean to soil / to make dirty, to profane / to loot, or to rape / to remove value.  The words we say do have life and that life blesses us or cruse us.


Thursday, April 6, 2017

A Life Worth Living

A Positive Life is A Life Worth Living:

What does your family say you are?  
           Are they saying positive things or negative things?

What do your friends say you are?  
           Are they saying positive things or negative things?

What do you do when you stand before a brick wall?
          Do you look for a hole in the wall?
          Do you make a rope to climb over the wall?
          Do you uncover a pipe under the wall?
          Do you build a door to walk thru the wall?
          Do you accept the Brick wall as a NO and give up?

When you choose to live a life worth living, what are some of the things that have to be considered?
           It is your Life Style of Giving
           It is your Friends.
           It is your Attitude.
           It is a Way of Life.
           It is How You Go to Sleep.
It is How You Wake up.





Starting the New Day

The new day:

Every morning take a few minutes to remember your list of positive things in your life as you get ready.  

Budget time to Plan to have a Positive day. 

First: Write down or review your calendar … people, places, things and times
(It is good to look at a few days out to plan your week).
Example: Co-Workers, Diner, Project Committee, 8pm Thursday

Second: Write down the Top Projects and Specific Details to do.
          Example: Finalize colors for the Conference Room to present at the meeting.

ThirdWho do you need to contact and why
          Example: Steven – email – Available Dates on Starting on the Painting Project.

ForthWho do you need to reply to and why
          Example:  Reply to Group e-mile – Ready for the meeting.

I have worked for several Engineering Companies with different time management technique.  This is one of the formats I have learned.  I know this is a flashback to the 80’s, but it works.  By the way, when you write down the information and check it off the list, you will have a feeling of accomplishment.  That is very Positive.    




Saturday, April 1, 2017

Before You Go To Sleep

Sleep Time:

The best way to have a good day is to have a good night.  It does not matter what time of day you go to sleep.  Take 15 minutes before you go to sleep, write down as many POSITIVE things that you can. Then out loud, if you can, read and reread each item on the list until the rush of the day is gone and you are thinking about good positive things. As you think of more positive things, add them to your list. 

I started out by making a generic list just to have a list but over time my list became more specific to day today.  As my life changed, the list changed.  With work, as I started or ended a project, I added or removed the project.  With my family, I pray for each member and how they are a blessing.  When I wake up in the middle of the night, I would go over the list in my thoughts to go back to sleep. 

I pray during this time ... thanking God for all the positive aspect of my life.  I read and reread my personal list to Him.  During this time, I do not ask God you do anything for me, I just thank God for all He has done for me and for all the Positive things in my life.





Your Mind VS Being Positive:

Your Thoughts starts in your mind.  Your Attitude is a decision that starts in your mind.   Learning to Be Positive starts by training your Mind to Be Positive.  

Today, I was listening to some random Christian music on YouTube while I was working.  Add came on ... The add was about the different extraordinary people.  The man said you have to see yourself losing, overcoming, and then winning, to me the advertisement sounded strange, almost everyone has heard ...  If you believe that you can picture the finish line, you can get there.  But this man took that statement one step more, you need to see yourself make mistakes, when you do have problems (and everyone does) you can figure how to overcome the problems so you will win.

This man also said if you are NOT making mistakes and you do NOT keep trying to make the project correct, then you are NOT working on hard enough projects.  That part of the commercial made me smile, I was looking at the RED LINES on my mark-up of the last project.

I have made the hard decision to smile.  I have decided to think about the good things in my life.  I have decided to be thankful for what I have and to stop regretting my loss.




The Journey to be Positive

The Journey:

To be very Honest ... the truth is ... Some days it is very hard to POSITIVE.  Some days I just do not want to be Positive, but I choose to be Positive.  Some days it is very hard to smile, I smile because I refuse to cry.  Tears of pain have taken to many years of my life.  I have decided that this cycle has to change.

I find myself traveling a lot, by bus, by train or by car.  I was driving from SC to NC, I stopped at a fast food / truck stop / gas station, I just wanted to get a bit & gas and keep on driving down the road.  It was hard but I smiled and said have a wonderful day.  As the lady gave me my change, she said thank you with a smiled.  I could just tell she need the smile as much as I needed her smile.

That encounter put me on this journey to find positive ways to live.  This is my experience and my opinion.  I am not a professional, but I have listened to thousands of speakers from attitudes and Bible Studies to sales and zeal.  Life has been my biggest teacher: good and bad and ugly, marriage and divorce, children and miscarriages, life and death, betrayal and forgiveness… on and on the list goes on.



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