Ever been overwhelmed? Ever felt like your mind is in a battle for its life? Ever felt like failure was your condition? Your to do list has been incomplete for so long you forgot the last time you did anything on it? Every day normal simple things are an uphill climb? Refuse defeat even while feeling like you are in last place. Get dressed. Brush your teeth. Get your shoes on and get to the grocery store. Head out with your head held high even if you feel as if you are falling into failing. The devil is still a liar. Who cares if you are treading water? That just means your arms and legs are gaining strength. Be grateful. Choose thankfulness. Choose. Decide. Don’t jump ship.
Talk To Yourself
Condemnation is not your friend. Darkness is not your soul mate. Don’t go to bed with negativity. Face it and command joy. Maybe you don’t like your job, your friends or your church. Tell your attitude to take a hike instead of you taking a hike. Don’t jump ship.
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Life is short and did I mention that the devil is a liar? Did I mention that there comes a time in our life where we must either belong to Him lock, stock and barrel or be like a dog and get put out to pasture by an enemy who is extremely loud yet only the size of our little finger?
Voices in Our Heads
Let today be the day when you and I say no to the voices in our heads who are pushing us out one step at a time – you want to tell your boss to kiss your grits – you want to tell your friends you don’t need them – you want to leave your church and go to another one when really – you are the problem – not the church. I know, you think you did the right thing yet did you really? Humility can be confidently wanting to hear God’s voice and coming to a place when you can admit when you are wrong. What if – just suppose that the enemy is drawing you away and you don’t even know it because you think it is the other person’s fault? Wait – you are a grown adult! What if you are getting ousted by an enemy instead of miscommunication, confusion or misrepresentation? Your problems will follow you because wherever you go – there you will be and there the same enemy will be to tempt you to bail. So, let’s evaluate our mindset shall we? One decision at a time – one voice at a time – one person at a time – starting with yourself. Again, don’t jump ship.
Shut Your Own Mouth
Instead, be BRAVE. Boldly, take control over the rudder that controls YOUR SHIP and with all due RESPECT, shut your own mouth instead of waiting for others to shut theirs. Take ACTION and shut up your bad attitude, negative emotions, gossipy self, critical thoughts and failure based mindset. Show just how VICTORIOUS you are and let thankfulness come into your mind. If your mind just cannot wrap itself around gratitude then ENCOURAGE YOURSELF and make your mouth comply anyway and say with me, “THANK YOU FOR LIFE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOVE, THANK YOU FOR THE ABILITY YOU HAVE PLACED WITHIN ME TO CONTROL MY OWN MOUTH AND BEHAVIOR. I REFUSE TO ALLOW AN ENEMY TO PUSH ME OUT THE DOOR. I REFUSE TO THROW MYSELF UNDER A BUS. I MAKE THE CHOICE AND I SAY LOUD AND CLEAR TO MYSELF – have some personal BRAVERY and DON’T JUMP SHIP.
For clarity – watch this short video and be encouraged and don’t jump ship. (Are you willing to get the picture?) 🙂