We all know that the world is full of people who hold on to hatred, act of violence, and speak with bitterness. Regardless of where you work, what city you live in, or the places you go in your free time, I can guarantee you have seen someone having a rough day.
I have had plenty of rough days myself, you know the days you wake up late– forgot your clothes in the dryer– spilled your coffee in the car on the way to work– and just can’t seem to catch a break– all before 8 o’clock in the morning.
A few years back I use to work full time with the public. If you have ever worked in customer service (at any level), you know that not everyone you come in contact with is pleasant.
There were days I would come in to work barely making it on time, having one of those rough days, only to be met by my first client who was NOT happy to say the least.
I often wondered how someone could be in such a fowl mood so early in the morning.
So, here it is 8:15 AM I have had a terrible morning, sit down with my first interview and before I can speak a word I am being cursed out. The famous ‘You people..’ (referring to the workers) comments were mind blowing. My intelligence questioned and my patience tested.
I did my very best to remain calm and help in any way I could. Many left feeling much better than they came in; however, some you just couldn’t please.
On the contrary, I have also had terrible morning’s only to arrive at work to a client who is happy, grateful, and willing to share a smile.
These days meant so much to me, it literally could take a bad day and turned it around in an instant.
The Bible instructs us to let go of bitterness, anger, evil, and anything of bad intentions. We are to treat each other with kindness. soft hearts, and quick to forgiveness.
31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
God calls us to share His love and spread His joy, even to those who are not so kind to you. Gods greatest commandment is to love one another. (John 13:34-35) He also instructs us to bless those who curse us. (Luke 6:28) We are not to repay evil with evil. (1 Peter 3:9)
Having read the scriptures above what is God speaking to you?
What if anything do you think God is calling you to change in your life after having read Ephesians 4:31?
Call to Action
I challenge you today to make it a point to stay positive and set out each day to spread love to at least five people. Through a smile, a kind word, or a kind gesture; it costs nothing to be kind.
Thank you Lord for your grace, mercy, and love. God we are not always quick to listen and slow to anger, forgive us for responding to others in any way besides love and kindness. Lord I pray that each person that reads this will hear Your message; touch their hearts and move within them Father. I pray each of us would seek to know You more and set out each day to serve You and spread Your perfect love. Lord, thank you for Your many blessings and Your hedge of protection each day. It is in Jesus mighty name I pray.
Matthew 12: 36-37- But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.
This subject always makes me think of the story of Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. If you have read this book you know that it is all about how everything went wrong that day for Alexander. He couldn’t seem to catch a break, no matter where he went or what he did things (out of his control) kept happening to him. Life can often feel this way in our day to day lives. It can feel extremely overwhelming and begin causing the onsets of “Stinkin Thinkin” it creeps in at first maybe only affecting us on a bad day then before we know it, we have completely been sucked in to its’ whole concept of “I stink, you stink, and life stinks”. I warn you this can become very dangerous and unhealthy for us to believe and give truth to in our lives.
When we start feeding the “Stinkin Thinkin” attitude we lose all interest in life and only see the negative side of each situation regardless if its beyond our control or not. In turn causing us to have a hard time seeing any positive or good in the life and the world around us. “Stinkin Thinkin” is highly contagious and can easily overtake our minds by continually being engaged in conversations with those who are what I like to call full time “stinkin thinkiners” (yes I just made that word up) it starts to seep into our thinking process and begin its destruction in our lives.
This is why today is the day you have to CHOSE to change. Change your thinking process and what you focus on in each situation. Apply truths from Gods word to each thought that tries to plant roots in your mind. Changing your thought process is possible. it does not happen overnight just as it did not happen overnight when your thoughts became all toxic. It’s a process that can be completed, ask God to help you through the journey and you will learn to live a life of truth and freedom, not of lies and bondage.
We should not be focusing on the past or dwelling on what could have been, asking ourselves What if.. questions. We are suppose to let go of the past and focus on our present and future remembering God’s plans are always good and praise him through the storm.
The bible says in Isaiah 43:18-19 “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
How are we going to see all the progress and positive changes going on in our lives by God if we are too busy gripping about the negatives and dwelling on the past hurt and pain. You may be thinking well that sounds easy for you to say.. well it is easy to say. However we all struggle in this area and it’s a process that never stops. It’s a constant struggle in my life currently and many of those I know. The world has become infected by “stinkin thinkin” and we have to fight to keep ourselves focused on the truth in God’s word.
Use scripture as if it were medicine or vitamins for your heart and soul, apply it to your life daily in order to help maintain a positive, free, and healthy balance in life. John 15:5 says “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. The bible tells us that if we follow the wordly ways and not trust and abide in God’s word we will not produce the fruit in which he has designed us to produce. Toxic thoughts and behavior will cause us to produce “bad” fruit which become the vines and branches in our mind instead of God’s word , bad fruit poisons our perspective of life.
I encourage everyone to wake up each day and focus on God’s promises in His Word. Instead of waking up thinking I have to much to do, Its going to be a long rough day, I will never get everything done, how will I feed my family today, this stinks, life stinks all I do is work. Start your day off with biblical truths, speak life over your life, change your thought process and kick out the “stinkin thinkin”.
Here are a few bible references I like to use to speak life over my life.
Phillipians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”
– you probably do have a lot to accomplish in one day but God didn’t promise a work free life exempt from troubles but he promised strength to get through it.
Romans 8:37 “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. ”
– your plate is probably overflowing and there are probably situations you wish you didn’t have to deal with, maybe even situations that you feel are unable to be overcome. Those statements are stinking thinkin at its finest. God does NOT want you to worry he tells us we are MORE than conquerors through Him.
Matthew 6:25-27– Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; not about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
– bills are piling up, work is slow and you have no idea how you are going to make ends meet. Full force worry and in creeps, you guessed it..the “stinkin thinkin”. I urge you to stop the thought as soon as it starts and remember the Lord does not want us to worry of these things but to trust in Him to provide.
Nehemiah 8:10– Then he said to them ” Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
– we often forget to be thankful for what we do have. The Lord does not want the day filled with sorrow and worry but with joy of knowing his promises to provide if we trust in Him. Our strength comes from knowing He is our provider and His promises are what drive us to keep focused.
Isaiah 61:7-8 “Instead of your shame you shall have double, honor, And Instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; Everlasting joy shall be theirs.”
– Satan wants to remind us of our past. He wants us to feel like we are not good enough and to feel shameful in the presence of God and people but that is NOT what Gods word says. That is a direct lie from Satan that he wants to plant roots in our minds and infect our life with “stinkin thinkin”. Gods word says we will not be shamed but have double honor if we believe and trust in Him and that we will have everlasting joy.
We all need to stick together and stick to Gods Word to stop the roaring epidemic in the world today of “Stinkin Thinkin”. If we train our thoughts to focus on God’s truth and seek his guidance we can stop Satan from destroying our thought process with Stinking Thinkin and begin to live life freely and joyfully. John 8:31-32 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Stop believing the lies of Satan and focus on the truth in Gods word so that you may live life abundantly. John 10:10 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
Is God telling you it is time for change? Is time for the stinkin thinkin blinders to come off and time to start living life with happiness and purpose? This is a change only we can choose to make for ourselves. This process doesn’t happen over night and it can be very difficult but if we ask God for His help he will guide us and change us as we seek Him. Don’t be discouraged along the way for we can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens us.