Monday, August 19, 2013
As I emerge from my summer sparkbreak and prepare for the upcoming Fall challenge, my team's assignment was to choose three uplifting words. Then determine how these words affected my mood.
Of three words, I could only come up with 2. The first word is "Meditation." Recently during a bible study, Pastor discussed The Celebration of Discipline and one of those disciplines was meditation. Not as the world see and uses meditation, but as Christians we are to focus or meditate on the things of God. Meditation is a Christian discipline. It will aid us into a deeper communion with God, and spiritual growth (harvesting the Fruit of the Spirit). Becoming like the thing we most think about. (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Meditation is a dynamic process that changes your thought life as the first step in changing the rest of your life. I have also started reading Elmer Towns' "Biblical Meditation" wherein he discusses 10 positive models of biblical mediations. Currently reading on the David Model (considering God's Creation and Majesty), the others are:
2. The Mary Model: Pondering the person of Jesus
3. The St. John Model: Thinking about the cross
4. The Joshua Model: Focusing on biblical principles
5. The St. Paul Model: Becoming like Christ
6. The Timothy Model: Meditating on your calling and gifts
7. The Haggai Model: Considering your failures
8. The Asaph Model: Meditating on Godís intervention
9. The Malachi Model: Meditating on Godís name
10. The Korah Model: Contemplating intimacy with God
How this word "meditation" has affected me? It is causing me to sit a little longer as I read. My day seems to flow, not so much easier but because I am meditating I am taking things in stride! I have also decided to study this word so that I can better apply it to my life so that God would receive the Glory!
The word meditate or mediation appears approximately 20 times in the bible. But there are other terms or phrases for biblical meditation:
Think on these things
Behold Godís love
Muse on the work of thy hands (Psalm 143:5)
Let the mind of Christ be in you
Set your mind on things above
Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly
My second word was "SMILE"
In my email signature I have a quote: "A smile is a curve that can set a lot of things straight." ~V. Borge
On my wall at work, I have a pix of a baby sleeping, but SMILING.
Smiling has a way of changing your mood in the moment. It makes me stop and really think about what's important or not important. Smiling pushes me beyond the moment into a better place. Not only does smiling lift me, but as I walk past others who may not be in good spirits, a smile is all they need to move past the moment of sadness or depression. We may not speak or have a conversation, but like the quote says "A SMILE IS A CURVE THAT CAN SET A LOT OF THINGS STRAIGHT!"
A smile will surely increase your face value. Here are few more quotes on smiling:
"If you would like to spoil the day for a grouch - give him a winning smile" !
Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day. ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Start every day with a smile and get it over with. ~W.C. Fields
Before you put on a frown, make absolutely sure there are no smiles available. ~Jim Beggs
A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks. ~Charles Gordy
A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people you're at home. ~Author Unknown
Everyone smiles in the same language. ~Author Unknown
Smiling is infectious,
You can catch it like the flu.
Someone smiled at me today,
And I started smiling too.
A laugh is a smile that bursts. ~Mary H. Waldrip
If you don't start out the day with a smile, it's not too late to start practicing for tomorrow. ~Author Unknown
No matter how grouchy you're feeling,
You'll find the smile more or less healing.
It grows in a wreath
All around the front teethó
Thus preserving the face from congealing.
A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so rich or mighty that he cannot get along without it and none is so poor that he cannot be made rich by it. Yet a smile cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away. Some people are too tired to give you a smile. Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give. ~Author Unknown
What are you meditating on and have you smiled today!