07 October 2009

You Decide the Quality of Your Day

Bob Whiteley, who pastored at the church that I attended while a student at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, once said: "The first thing that you say in the morning will determine the quality of your entire day."

If you start the day with negativity, then your day will likely be negative. On the other hand, if you start the day with positivity, then it will likely be positive. It is up to you to make the determination on what type of day you will have. This is not to imply that if you choose positivity, then nothing negative will happen. Rather, your response to the negative will be positive. It all starts, though, with your choice when you get up.

This morning - after five hours of sleep - it would be easy for me to start the morning negative. Yet, I'm going with positive. Not with an "oh #*$@, it is time to get up," but rather with an "it is time to go make a difference."

Human nature (learned, not inherent) is to go negative as soon as possible. Yet, Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:17 (TNIV), "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old is gone, the new is here!". Further, Paul writes in Romans 12:2 (NLT) that you should "let God transform" you "by changing the way you think.". However, God does not forcibly change your mind; rather, God waits for you to allow your mind to be changed.

If you start your day by giving over the selfish, negative thoughts and words, and you allow God to have the reins of your mind, then positivity wins, and your day can be positive.

Bringing us back to Whiteley's comment "The first thing that you say (outloud or internally) in the morning will determine the quality of your day."

UPDATE: Thanks, Pam, for calling attention to Proverbs 18:21 (TNIV): "The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit." (God's Word Translation translates the second phrase: "and those who love to talk will have to eat their own words.")

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