Modified Monday – May 4 Devotions on Actions, Growth, and Blessing Others
Our first Monday in May! I’m calling it “Modified Monday” because my day started off in a very unusual way compared to most Mondays. I had a 7:45am surgical consultation about my upcoming thumb surgery, which will probably happen within the next 2 weeks. Not really sure what will happen for awhile after that with blogging or any of my freelance work or sewing…have to wait and see!
So onto Monday’s devotions. Remember, too , you can read Psalms and Proverbs to accompany each day on my page, Daily Scripture Readings. AND check out my new page, where you can have an opportunity to put compassion into action–whether through praying, sharing the linked causes, and/or donating.
“You must build a bridge between *thinking about* action and actually beginning to *move* in the right direction. You must choose to grow in your relationship with your heavenly Father. Actions must follow your choices, and these actions become the force that will turn your life around.
When we talk about change, it often sounds harsh to those listening: ‘Change your attitude.’ ‘Change your tone.’ It’s true–change can be both tough and painful, but what happens to your view of change if you look at it as growth?
Growth makes you stronger. Growth is like flowers blooming. You gain wisdom when you grow. Growth is a good thing.
So perhaps we should think of action and change as growth.”
–Dr. Tim Clinton in “Turn Your Life Around”
“As a believer in Jesus Christ, you have wonderful gifts on the inside of you. You have the ability to make others happy today. You can encourage. You can edify. You can exhort and uplift. You can believe. You can pray. You can lead somebody else to Christ.
People don’t have to have desperate needs before we bless them. The Holy Spirit will lead us to be good to people every day, if we will be sensitive to His voice. Offer your gifts and talents to the Lord, and see what happens.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Starting Your Day Right”
-1- Wow, what an important concept this is – build a bridge and make a connection between thoughts and actions, because we can never just stay in one place. We either move forward or backward; NOT moving means stagnation…or death! And growth requires forward motion. Consider change as equal to growth. Good thoughts!
-2- Looking for ways to bless others. Using our gifts for random acts of kindness. I’ve noticed sometimes the simplest gesture can be a blessing to someone, like telling a cashier she’s doing a great job keeping up with a long line of customers, especially while also maintaining a smile and a good attitude!
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Had you considered the importance of building a bridge between thoughts and actions? or that change = growth?
What are some simple ways you can bless and exercise kindness to others in your life?