Spirit Led

Spirit Led: Be a Life Builder Everyday

19554713_704878849696188_3324156474774570226_n

Written by: Shani Ratliff

What if your thoughts, your words, and your actions of today directly impacted your day tomorrow? I was recently challenged with this thought during my quiet time. And suddenly I became very aware of how negative I have become. Major ouch!

I had an image in my mind of blocks. Each block represented an action, a thought, or a response. The purpose of these blocks was to stack one on top of the other, each block affecting the next.

In my current season of life, I am very unsettled and at times unsure of my path. I hate the emotions and stress that I often struggle with. I have found that the emotions exhibited during an internal struggle or wrestle cannot be contained within myself. They always seep out.

What hurt me the most as I reflected on this was how my behavior was affecting those I love, those close to me, those who happen to be in my sphere of influence. Our actions, words, and thoughts have the power to build life or destroy it, and lately, I don’t feel like I have been building much.

Take a moment and think about your own life. Reflect on your day or week so far. Take stock of what you’ve said, how you’ve thought, and what you’ve done. Did it leave you and those around you in a good place? Was there a lingering thread of something that would impact their day or your day tomorrow?

Sometimes even my thoughts towards myself can be so toxic and condemning. This does not come from God. Toxic thoughts left unchecked can have a carry over effect.

I want my actions, thoughts, and interactions to be life-giving. As a mom with small children, I want my interactions and exchanges to set my little people up for good things and not tear them down. Where there is life there is growth, hope, and the potential to thrive.

What are you building today? Will your life blocks stand tomorrow or be torn down? Let’s take time to reflect and make a choice to partner with the Holy Spirit in being life builders, always loving yourself and others.

“For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him.” (Philippians 2:13)

3 thoughts on “Spirit Led: Be a Life Builder Everyday

  1. This post itself is life giving and life changing! Thank you for being transparent and sharing with the world. Your choice to help others will always help yourself. Love you to life!

    Like

  2. Beautifully written Shani. I too have been in this place but thankfully I’m finding my way out of my toxic thoughts and negativity. God has really been putting me in a place of humility and learning. That song that says there is beauty in my brokenness has been always so pressing to me. I never understood how broken can be beautiful but I continue to remind myself that the mender of all menders is so in love with us and eager to embrace us. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    Like

  3. Hello precious! This hit me right where I am at today. Especially this:

    “In my current season of life, I am very unsettled and at times unsure of my path. I hate the emotions and stress that I often struggle with. I have found that the emotions exhibited during an internal struggle or wrestle cannot be contained within myself. They always seep out.

    What hurt me the most as I reflected on this was how my behavior was affecting those I love, those close to me, those who happen to be in my sphere of influence. Our actions, words, and thoughts have the power to build life or destroy it, and lately, I don’t feel like I have been building much.”

    I’m with you. Like right there with you. Love your honesty and I feel so grateful to know I am not alone.

    Love you sister!

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s