Inspire! Elevate! Empower!Adjust Your Thoughts, Adjust Your Life.
How simple is seems to count your blessings in song, but difficult it is in our daily lives. How can we count our blessings in the midst of turmoil? How can we count our blessings when all seems hopeless?
Fear and I were once in a close relationship. Fear gave voice to my inhibitions and responded with answers that agreed with my feelings at the moment. Fear would tell me to avoid pursuing God’s purpose for my life by saying, “It is much better to play it safe. Do you realize the cost of being a disciple of Christ?” Fear taught me to look at circumstances and said, “Things can never improve.
Do you ever wonder if God is in charge? Have you found yourself questioning God’s control in your everyday life? It is very easy to say that we believe God when everything works “perfectly.” It is a little more challenging when life is full of interesting twists and turns.
A popular catch phrase this year is “Do you boo.” In theory it sounds whimsical and transparent; however doing you has consequences. Think for a moment if you really “did you” or did things you wanted to do. What would be the consequences of your actions? If I only did what I wanted to do, the world would be in trouble!
Recently, I was asked about having an attitude of gratitude in a negative environment. I know that my strength is not a result of my efforts– far from it! I have to practice and make a decision to focus on having a great day. I have noticed when I say, “Today is going to be rough,” I get what I have spoken. If I sulk or frown, I make matters even worse. I become what I think, I have spoken what I believe, and then I behave based on what I have spoken.
Being transparent as a leader is tough! Transparency means being honest when things are “not okay.” Transparency means that you have to admit that you are “vulnerable.” Transparency means that you have to be honest with yourself and allow others to see where you are now. Transparency is frightening, because many of us do not know how to be authentic.