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TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

“Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word”
(Psalm 119:37, NIV)

 

You have to be very selective about what you give your time and attention to in order to live the life of victory God has promised. You have to recognize which thoughts to ignore, which comments to ignore, and sometimes, which people to ignore. Every “battle” that comes across your path is not a battle that you’re supposed to fight. Many battles are simply distractions to try to lure you off course. If that battle is not between you and your God-given destiny, it’s a battle you should ignore.

Many people get thrown off course because they are always trying to straighten everyone else out or win their approval. If that’s your focus, you are wasting valuable time and energy that you should be using to pursue your dreams. Turn away from that distraction! You don’t need the approval of everyone around you; you only need God’s approval!

Friend, it’s very freeing when you realize you don’t have to fight every battle. You don’t have to straighten people out. You don’t have to pay somebody back. Instead, focus on what matters; focus on God and His Word so you will live in peace and happiness every day of your life!

Resources: joelosteen.com

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Examining the concept of freedom causes one to first consider what enslaves a person. One definition of enslavement is one person being “owned” by another. This loss of personal freedom still exists today, however a more common form is the power of enslavement that we ourselves provide to objects that reign over us in our homes and at work. The care and feeding of possessions can cause them to own us rather than vice versa. Consider whether the objects you own service you or enslave you and you will begin to comprehend that those individuals who are the most free understand how accumulating possessions can put one in a caregiver’s role.

As a custodian a person is put in charge of something that they look after. Whether it’s a child, building, financial securities, or a collection of some type, a custodian is accountable for their charge. Over the years, collections accumulate and the joy in acquiring can quickly turn into the task of care giving. Somewhere in the transition the freedom of body and mind are abdicated for a choice freely made.

The things that bind us control us. Through choices made, a person exchanges one opportunity for another. To be free really means to be in control of choices and their outcomes. Collecting can lead to hoarding. Movement relieves stagnation, and circulation keeps the life blood flowing in our bodies. Energy that is circulated empowers. Movement relieves inertia. Life improves with positive choices made that are selective and predispose one to good outcomes.

So, in order to be free in body and mind it is necessary to freely make and execute good choices – one at a time. These baby steps toward self-actualization lead us to more empowered end results. Knowing what to do and then doing it, heightens our awareness about the freedoms we can and do control. Freedom is not a “given,” rather it is a “right” that we earn one positive choice at a time. Membership in a free society is not an entitlement but rather an earned privilege. If you have this “golden” opportunity, remember to not leave home without it! Circulate the idea, and empower yourself and those around you. True freedom comes with accountability to both yourself and others. Let it motivate you to becoming the person you envision.

Resources: NapoleonHill.com

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