Three Things

Lately, I’ve been thinking about three things: positivity, thankfulness, and self-control. For me, they’re like dominoes:

a bad mood (or whatever) > negativity > a lack of thankfulness > a loss of self-control

I become aggressive and judgmental. I use language that I wouldn’t otherwise. I choose to see the entire world through a certain lens. Basically, my whole attitude stinks.

So, below is a message to myself. If you share in my struggle, perhaps you can share in my motivation.

Positivity

Be positive. Smile. You'll influence more people. Compliment those around you; it gives life. Who enjoys being around a negative person? One negative thought turns into another, and before you know it, you've altered your heart posture towards a person or situation. If you’re not careful, you’ll find yourself stuck at the bottom of a dark pit.

Start searching for positives in every situation, and the truth is, you'll find them. The next thing you know, you'll be encouraging those around you to find the light in the most frustrating circumstances. Positivity breeds positivity. It's life-giving, and it's attractive! I guarantee you that people will want to be around you more. You'll feel like a new person—full of joy and radiating Jesus.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
— Philippians 4:8

Thankfulness

Thankfulness—it’s hard to chew on, isn't it? Choose and commit to living a life of thanks in ALL circumstances, even sitting in traffic. Writing down three things you’re thankful for everyday is an awesome idea. You should give it a try.

Things often boil down to perspective. When your perspectives don't align with that of Christ and His Kingdom, you easily become a jaded, self-focused human being who’s obsessed with nothing but yourself. "Poor me" becomes your attitude in life, and you stop seeing how blessed you truly are. He really does give you all the reason in the world to be thankful.

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
— 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Self-Control

Proverbs 25:28 says, ”A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.” A city with broken walls opens itself up to enemy attack from every direction possible. It stays wounded and never breaks free from oppression. A person lacking self-control does the same thing. 

Alcohol, health, and schedules. Words, reactions, and money. Without self-control, you’re susceptible to attack. It’s something to actively seek to grow in. Choose to take off the lens of darkness and put on the lens of light and hope. It takes more than just willpower. It takes a God that is so powerful and gracious.

People with self-control master their moods. They do not let their moods master them. Most of what gets done in the world is accomplished by people who do the right thing, even when they don’t feel like it.
— Rick Warren