God created us to be happy and joyous.
It is all too easy to be bogged down by negative experiences or life challenges.
Like I said yesterday…
Every day, we can choose our responses to our circumstances.
On my own unique journey through life, I’ve learned to choose happy, joyful and positive thoughts during challenging times
in situations that are trying to bring me down.
I have learned to embrace the mantra
“that it was only a mistake if I didn’t learn anything from it.
If I learned something from it, it was a LESSON.”
But today I want to talk about another conscious choice that I have made in life that I believe is just as powerful as choosing happiness is if your desire is to create a joyous life.
And that other choice is:
They really can bring you far in life.
I read a great quote the other day on the internet,
“Some people are lucky– but the harder I work the luckier I get!”
That quote really struck a chord within me because quite often people come up to me and tell me how lucky I am to be so talented.
I remind them that it doesn’t come from luck—
it comes from years and years of hard work and practice.
What they’re seeing is an end result that looks effortless and easy, but it came from more than 20 years of ups and downs– and endless attempts at learning to paint and write.
Good work ethics bring great things:
My grandfather taught my father to always look ahead.
He used to say, “Have the next tool ready for me when I need it–that way we can finish this project sooner.”
I apply that approach in all areas of my life, whether I am working at the school,
painting a mural,
or helping a friend.
I envision how I must prepare for the next task at hand– and I gather the tools and knowledge that I need before moving ahead.
I find that when I work hard, there is always a positive return, even when the outcome is a negative experience to learn from.
By gathering the tools I need and applying a tough work ethic, I have been able to achieve my goals and dreams.
But a good work ethic applies to much more than just our jobs.
When I was a young mother, I ate a lot of junk food and survived on soda.
I never knew how to eat properly and in my early twenties, I put on a lot of weight.
By the end of my thirties, I was not healthy at all. I had a check up where I was told that I needed to begin taking over 10 pills a day just to keep myself going.
I REFUSED to take the easy way out by swallowing a bunch of pills every day, and instead fought back.
I told the doctor that I was unhealthy because I had spent over ten years treating my body like it was a vending machine.
I vowed to learn how to eat healthier, lose weight, and begin a daily exercise routine.
Now at the age of 44, I weigh less than I did when I was 24.
My doctor no longer thinks I need medication, I am a very healthy woman.
In order to regain my health, I needed a strong work ethic to carry me through the task.
At the end of each day, I take a few minutes to look at myself in the mirror and ask myself this question:
” Did you do all that you could today?”
Then I ask myself a second question:
“Would God be pleased with the work you accomplished in His name today?”
I have found that the more I serve and help others, the more enriched my own life becomes.
I try to live my life by this personal quote of mine:
“If you do good, good will come upon you.”
I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend.
Do something fun with your family. Make some memories together.