Changing Your Outlook

English Audio Version

Who do you want to be?

By that, I’m asking if you’re happy with who you are.

Is the way you react to the world around you giving you a satisfactory experience in life? Or do you reflect on the day and regret responses you’ve made or things you’ve said?

God says you can change your outlook and become better than you were.

Matthew 7:3 tells you to give the other guy the respect he deserves.

“Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?”

James 1:19 reminds you to listen (and count to ten) before you respond in irritating situations.

“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.”

Psalm 19:14 gives you a plan for keeping love and consideration as a priority in your life.

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”

It’s easy to read these verses and know you should apply each lesson to your life. It’s harder to do it.

Here’s a plan:

1. Write these on a sticky note (or two or three).

2. Place them in a location you’ll see them each day (the bathroom mirror or your daily planner).

3. Read them several times a day to fix them in your thoughts (aloud is best).

You can summarize them like this.

  • Admit you have faults. Be kind.
  • Count to ten before answering.
  • Ask, would I say this to my pastor?

The only thing left to do is practice these every day. You will change your outlook on life, and you will be a better person.

You can count on it.

Life lived in the kind lane is better for everyone.

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