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)