Day 18: Dare to Live with a New Focus
It’s so easy to let our minds wander and linger on the negatives when there are so many positives and blessings in our life to turn our minds towards. Someone criticizes your work, you dwell on those comments all day; ultimately, affecting your performance in a negative way. Instead of rising above the criticism and seeing a new opportunity to strengthen your weak areas and improve work performance, you do the exact opposite.
What if we saw every stumble and every road block as an opportunity to learn and grow? Think about how much more we could grow and accomplish if we had the above mindset. These opportunities should be seen as God giving us another chance to make things right. He’s growing us spiritually in our faith and dependence on Him. We cannot let every detour in our path throw us off course. Fix your eyes on the One who is in control of your outcome and trust Him to lead and guide you through.
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
“I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. I will glory in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together. I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.”
“fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
“Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
Day 6: Dare to Renew Your Mind in God’s Word
What comes first in your life? Where are your priorities? How high does God rank on that list? When we have no longer conformed to this world, God must become first in our lives. He must become greater and we must become less. God comes first before sports, your friends, your job, even your spouse and children. If He’s not first, everything else falls out of place. If work is our highest priority, how strong of a relationship do you hope to have with God?
“But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve,”
Our spiritual relationships cannot be all that it is meant to be if God is not our number one focus. Putting Him first makes everything right. Struggles and difficult times become easier to bear when your very first instinct is to turn it all over to God. Your friends can only do so much, your family cannot be depended on for every little thing, but God can! He’s fought for you, He loves you unconditionally, why do we think he deserves anything less than being first, our number one?
“This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”
“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. For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.”
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
“You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of human beings.”
(1 Corinthians 7:23)