The last two posts have been about enjoying life and this post will continue along those lines. Here are two more ways I think that we can enjoy the life we are blessed to have,
Thinking Right or on the positive side of Life – Phil 4:8 – Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious–the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. (Message)
What do you fill your mind with, things that positive or negative? Paul tells us for a reason to fill our minds with the positive. The positive brings about a better result!
Do negative people have great parties? When I was a kid I loved to watch the Honeymooners. Who would you have rather hung out with Ralph or Norton? Norton was a guy who loved life and lived it not worry about everyone else. We want to hang out with people who are fun and enjoy life like Norton. Not with people who constantly bring us down like Ralph.
Negativity and positively are both contagious – which are you spreading? Are you helping people to enjoy life or to dread life and fear everything?
What is your picture of God – Is he some Old guy up in heaven with rolled up newspaper waiting to slap you like a fly when you get out of line or is he a God who laughs, loves, and wants the same for his people. Do not misunderstand – God is Holy, Righteous and Just and He is also a God of Joy or enjoyment.
Your Thinking determines a lot. If you think that today will be joyful and enjoyable – most likely it will be but if you think it will be a drag then it will be.
So to enjoy life, a positive outlook is essential. That then moves us to the next thing we can do to enjoy this life.
Doing you best all the time for God – 1st Corinthians 10:31 – So eat your meals heartily, not worrying about what others say about you–you’re eating to God’s glory, after all, not to please them. As a matter of fact, do everything that way, heartily and freely to God’s glory. ( Message)
You enjoy the things you work for more than the things given to you. You also get a real sense of satisfaction when you work hard. What is does it mean again to enjoy? Taking pleasure or satisfaction in something.
My first radio/cassette player was something I shoveled many sidewalks to get. I worked hard and did my best so that I could get it and I really got pleasure out of doing what was need to get it. I worked hard and kept it along time – as a matter of fact – I had a junkie car that I kept it in the back on the floor and played it all the time because my radio was broken. I had that thing for almost 20 years – I loved it – because I worked hard and did my best so that I could get it.
We should be doing our best because we always feel better when we have done the best we can – regret kills enjoyment. Live life with no regrets! You will never regret doing your best for God.
What do you think – do these areas help us to enjoy life more? Do you lean to the positive or negative in your thinking? How are you working to stay positive? Do you always give God your best?