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The GOOD, the bad and the uuuuuggggly…

WARNING: SOAP BOX TIME!  

We are who we are because we choose to be.  NO MATTER WHAT… You CHOOSE to be the way you are–it is ALL UP TO YOU.

We start our lives like a blank slate.  We arrive ready to be influenced, molded and shaped.  Then, things happen to us.  We are well taken care of, or not.  We are surrounded with good friends or bad ones or maybe mediocre ones.  We have great parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts or we don’t really.  Some of us have circumstances in our lives that are just crazy, chaotic and evil.  We have people that abuse us and put us down.  We have people who use us or leave us out on purpose.  These things happen.  I am acknowledging it all.  I could make lists upon lists of things that happen to us–good, bad and ugly.

We all have  influences, circumstances, people and times.  We all have these good, bad and ugly times.  A lot of times, though,  we look at others’ lives and think they have it great and we don’t, but really, we don’t know their life.  We don’t know what happens in their homes and we don’t know what happens in their minds.  We don’t know their hearts.  We are only responsible for our own hearts.  We are not put here to compare ourselves to others.  We own our story, not others’.

Back to my point—the person you are, no matter what has happened to you in your life, is ALL UP TO YOU.

Don’t blame others for having a better life.  Don’t hurt those around you just because others have hurt you.   It’s important that we don’t get beat down by playing the victim in our lives.  I know we all have different stories and we have all been “victims” of something, but to stay labeled as a victim only allows whoever or whatever victimized us to continue to win daily.

EXAMPLE: If I were to CHOOSE to be an alcoholic–that would not be because my dad was an alcoholic.  I would CHOOSE that lifestyle.  I could not blame that on an alcoholic father or even some type of hereditary gene which says I’m more likely to be an alcoholic.  Everyone has something they may be more likely to be, BUT WHEN IT COMES RIGHT DOWN TO IT–IT IS YOUR CHOICE.

People use excuses all the time.  The media gives people excuses all the time.  Sometimes (and I’m not saying all the time, because I know there are certain situations that would be exceptions–but I believe they are very rare) people use excuses because they are too lazy to stand up and blame themselves.   They are too unwilling to get up and choose what is right.   They are so lacking of inner motivation that they blame it on someone else like their parents or even the government.  Geez.

We all (yes, EVERY ONE OF US) need to stop being- idle – indolent – sluggish – slothful – slack – AND step up and take responsibility for: who we are, where we are and what we have become.  I believe that once that happens, our lives, our society and our world will be a better place to live.

Once we have done that, we can be in a better position to help those around us.  It starts with YOU–yes YOU. (and me, of course) Allow the good, the bad AND the ugly to mold you, influence you and shape you into A RESPONSIBLE, A MORE ACCOUNTABLE AND UPSTANDING YOU.  (not a continuous blaming victim who can’t look past anything that has ever happened…come on—move on!!!)

TOMORROW’S POSSIBLE BLOG TOPIC: Influences and circumstances–they CAN be positive NO MATTER what they are…

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Are you a BUSYBODY!?

<—Remember this famous TV “busybody?”

Lazy!?!?  Are you lazy?  Of course you are saying NO, but really, let’s do an inventory.

Do you wake up tired?  Haha!  That’s not a valid question.  MOST people wake up like that.  You still have sleepy in your eye and you are stumbling to the bathroom, right?  Let’s start again.

Do you find yourself sitting in front of the television the minute you get home or soon after?

Do you look at the laundry and wish there was a fairy laundry mother?  (ok, we all do that!)

Do you find ways to get other people to do things for you that you should really do yourself?

Is your yard overgrown, the dust bunnies in your house having a war under your couch or your car piled up with junk you can’t even identify anymore?

THESE might be signs of laziness.  I could go on, but why?  I’m sure you get my point.

Today, while listening to the Daily Audio Bible (DAB app!  Get it!), the Proverbs said something about laziness and I thought WOW, God warns us about everything –EVEN LAZINESS!!!  We’ve all heard about idle hands, right?  Seriously, look:

I passed by the field of a sluggard ((lazy, sluggish person)), by the vineyard of a man lacking sense, and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down. Then I saw and considered it; I looked and received instruction.  A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man. Proverbs 24:30-34 (ESV)

There are some consequences of being lazy.  That makes you think!  There are so many other consequences too. Being lazy and inactive makes you SLOW.  It makes your muscles inactive and then comes the aches and pains.  If you keep moving and stimulating your body, yes, exercising–you help keep up what GOD gave you.  He didn’t mean for us to be idle.  He wants us to be A GOOD BUSYBODY, not like the busybody mentioned below.  So, get up, get movin!

As I mentioned before, you know what they say about idle hands?!  They are the devil’s workshop, playhouse or tool.  I’ve seen several different versions of the quote.  What does it mean?  If your hands are idle, your brain probably is too.  If you don’t have a purpose, a drive, a GOAL, then it’s so easy for the devil to use you.  EW.  No thanks.

Here’s what it says in the Bible too …

For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.”  We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat. And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right.  If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of him. Do not associate with him, in order that he may feel ashamed.  Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.  2Thessalonians 3:10-15  NIV

I love the Bible!  Right there–It says if you are lazy, you should not be associated with.  That’s sad.  What a lonely life.  And you are a “busybody!?”  This is such a negative thing to be referred to!  The definition of busybody:  a person who meddles or pries into the affairs of others.  EEEEK!  No thanks, yet again.   It also says others should warn you about your laziness.  It’s our job as fellow Christians to help those around us who are lazy by warning them.  So, am I calling YOU out?  I’m not sure.  Am I?

By the way, if you didn’t know, that busybody up at the top was Mrs. Kravitz on the BEWITCHED television show that ran from 1964 through 1972.

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