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AWESOME, not perfect

I was born to be AWESOME! (not perfect)

‪#‎thankfulEVERYday‬ for JESUS!

Perfection is our worse enemy.  I’ve heard this, but never really thought about it in depth.  I mean, I agreed with the statement, but never stopped to think about it means–exactly.

I know comparison can get ugly if we are trying to compare ourselves to others.  You will never be something you aren’t.  Your physical self is created by God.  If you are obsessing about how it may not be “perfect,” you are messing with HIS creation.  He made you!  You want to argue with HIM?  I know we do a lot of times, but ALWAYS remember, WE WILL NEVER WIN.

We can strive to be a better person and even have role models to look to, but if you so want to be that person that it gets in the way with what GOD has for you, that is some dangerous stuff!

I know God made me to be Awesome.  He tells me in the Bible stuff like this:

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

EPHESIANS 2:8-10 NLT

HE had great stuff already planned for me to do!  That blows my mind.

I’m so glad I chose and continue each day to choose JESUS.

I know He was perfect and I will try my best to be more and more like HIM…

But as I said up there:

I was born to be AWESOME! (not perfect)

‪#‎thankfulEVERYday‬ for JESUS!

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The first two days…

The first two days…

Yes.  I am blessed.  The last two days back at a job I love have been blessings.

Some teachers (and other people who have to) go through meetings get frustrated and upset at times.  They worry and fret over things, because the boss is not saying what they want or a co-worker won’t stop asking questions.  Well, I recognize the fact that we are all different people, different personalities and bodies.  We have difference of opinions, mind-sets and medication.  Haha!

I LOVE THOSE DIFFERENCES!  If we were all the same…how would this world be!?!  We’d all like bananas and the color green would be our fave.  How would that even work?  Yes, we would all agree, but how would that help move anything forward.  Plain and simple, it wouldn’t.  Duhh.

Ok, I know that some of those meetings go on and on because someone can’t let go of a point. I get it. But instead of getting upset, I giggle.  NOT AUDIBLY; although, sometimes a weird sound comes out from trying to stifle the giggle.  I don’t giggle because I’m making fun…I giggle because, as I said up there…I recognize that we are all different.  I giggle with joy that GOD MADE US THAT WAY!

I do admit, I threatened a couple of co-workers with a good ole body slam yesterday, but all in fun OF COURSE. (if I could actually body slam them..that would be entertaining tho!  haha!)

Back to my original point: I AM BLESSED.  Thank You God for these first two days!!!  Excited to see what this third one holds and the many more to come.  Excitement really doesn’t even begin to describe my expectancy!

Wonderful, awesome, sassy and crazy…

A friend/co-worker of mine shared this t-shirt on my FB page today.  I LOVE IT!  What I love most is when I read that it makes me get even MORE excited about this coming Monday.  I *GET* to go back to work after summer vacation.  I’m so blessed.  I, of course, love my summer, but WOW, DO I LOVE MY JOB!  I do!  Some people think I’m nuts.  I’m cool with that. I am nuts about the job God has given me.

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Because…I truly believe in this verse right here:

Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, -Colossians 3:23 (HCSB)

We are SUPPOSED to be excited about our work…

Enthusiastic about our daily jobs…  here’s another version of the verse:

Whatever you do, work at it wholeheartedly as though you were doing it for the Lord and not merely for people.

(International Standard Version)

I love that..WHOLEHEARTEDLY!  Do it with all your heart. (BIG HUGE CRAZY SMILEY FACE HERE)

I have this saying hanging in my shop:  Love what you do and you will never work a day in your life.

Here’s another one: Make your vocation your vacation.

And let’s not forget to do this:

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I thank God for my WONDERFUL job where I get to teach some AWESOME kiddos, work with some SASSY people AND they all love me even though I’m CRAZY!

What are you wearing?

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What are you wearing today?  Khakis?  Tank top? Dress clothes? Casual?  Pajamas in front of the tv?

Ok, I’m not really asking for your physical appearance.  I’m actually not interested in that at all.

What I’m asking is your face, posture and tone saying…what are you wearing?

Are you bitter or angry?  Are you having that meeting in your mind of the crazies?  (believe me, I know of that meeting!)  Are you worried or anxious about something?  Are you sad about a situation or just because?

NO MATTER WHAT IT IS… You are wearing it.  Oh, you may the best actor/actress IN THE WORLD, but others can see it in your eyes and hear it in your tone.  If you harbor hate in your heart, it cannot help but flow out of some outlet.  We see it, it truly is obvious.

I know this, because I internalize things at times that I need to let go of.  I know what us humans do.  I’m human too!  Some think I’m happy-happy-happy, joy-joy-joy all the time, but to tell ya the truth, that ain’t the case.  I do admit as I’ve said before, I’m an obsessive optimist, but at times the optimism can’t sling the sword swift enough to slay the dragon of crazy in my mind.  I get down.  BUT I do get up again. (reminds me of a song…go to second 33 in the video below)

Even in my down times, I strive to get back up and put back on JOY.

I’m not trying to tell you what to wear like I do my 15 year old child, which may I say, I’ve pretty much given up on EXCEPT for sticking to appropriateness …  I’m trying to say, let’s fix our attitude before it oozes out of our face and other parts onto those around us like a poisonous gas. (ew)  We don’t want to taint those around us.  We don’t want to influence them to wear the ugliness of rejection or sadness.  We want to be encouragers and those who lift chins and point faces to the light.  Wear the attitude of gratitude and the smile of true happiness. Don’t be a poser.  Be intent and true and positive that no matter what battles are going on in your head, those things can be overcome and you can GLOW in your super duper new joyful duds.  Your face can wear the look of love.  Your posture can show others you are ready for company.  Your tone can be one of comfort and encouragement.

LET’S DO IT!

Whether you are wearing khakis or spandex (eeek!), wear happiness, love, peace and joy.

What are you wearing?

SPEED BUMP!

My recent FB post:

LIFE: The road is sooooooo smooooooooooth, (insert Joe Stokes voice here) rockin’ and beeboppin’ along, whistling like the Andy Griffith show, singing a zipadeedoodahh song, saying like my wonderful friend Johnny Coleman always says, “What a day, Lord, WHAT A DAY!”
THEN, out of absolutely no where…there’s a stupid speed bump…BUHH DONK!!!

Not to worry, not to fret… it’s only there to slow ya down for a bit.
That’s all it can do—SLOW YOU DOWN..it CANNOT stop ya!

IT WILL NOT STOP ME!!!

‪#‎perspective‬
‪#‎perseverance‬
‪#‎pressON‬

SERIOUSLY…speed bumps are just little bumps in the road put there to slow you down.  They are not there to make you totally stop and give up on your journey.  Their main purpose is to slow you down.  In life, things happen that make us want to give up.  Things happen that make us want to run away.  We wish for things to be erased or people to accidentally trip on their way to the bathroom (maybe even worse!).  But those things are SPEED BUMPS!  They do slow us down, they do make us change direction sometimes, but they can never STOP US.  They don’t have the control to stop you.

You keep on keepin’ on cuz you can!

That is what I choose today… EVERYDAY!

#thankfulEVERYday

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Here I am!

Isaiah 6:8

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying,

“Whom shall I send? And who will go for Us?”

And I said, “Here I am. Send me!”

That is the attitude I want to have all the time.

I’ve been so busy the last week that exhaustion has given the enemy easier access.

When our bodies get tired, I believe the devil starts whispering and manipulating.

I don’t think my week has been a “bust” at being one of God’s ambassadors, but the lack of sleep has allowed my mind to wander and think I’m failing. I began to pray today–out loud– God please help my attitude, please change my thinking and help me to continue to be a person YOU want to send.

The devil needs to leave me alone, because I will always, always, ALWAYS say…

HERE I AM!

Somethings are just harder …

Somethings we hang on to.

I’m the first to say, “it will all be ok” or “get over it.”  Moving forward is something I find important to my mental well-being.  So, I think others should do that too.  BUT I KNOW SOMETHINGS are hard to get rid of.  It’s hard to let go.  It’s hard to move passed.  It’s just hard.  How do we do it?  It’s not easy.  It’s not instant!

That is what I’m struggling with.  I want it to be DONE! I want to never think of it again.  I want it to disappear.  AND NOW.  Not later, not in time, not gradually…  I want the emotions of rejection and pain and sadness to be gone, right at this moment!  I recognize the fact that life just doesn’t work that way.  It’s like a wound healing, we must allow the process to happen.  Sometimes that cut, scrape or gash takes a while.  The wait for me is the worse.  I want the thing closed, the scar gone and the new skin to smile back at me.  NOW!

I know…in time.  I know…it will happen.  I know and I will hold on to the fact—that it will be ok.   I must remember that every day is a good day, just some are better than others.  I am blessed even when I hurt.  I am happy even when I struggle. I can smile even when I feel like I’m being suffocated by things I had no control over.  I am God’s child ALL THE TIME.    I will move forward, because I know I am loved no matter what.

SOMETHINGS are just harder…

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