Several days last week I realized something else that had been missing from my routine, devotional time. I had stayed up wait working on orders, reading mindless entertainment or just piddling. What suffered was the 15 minutes I spend first thing in the morning reading my Bible and praying. I had to fix this! This is important! Not just to me, but to everyone that I come in contact with. When I'm not in the Word, not on my knees, I can't be the Positive person I desire so badly to be. So I made a change. Devotional time was not up for compromise, no matter the circumstances. It's helped, and the other day I wrote it down...I posted it to a group on Facebook. I knew that they would ask me how I was doing, they are great friends and would keep me accountable.
"Today I am going to be nice to everyone, only speak positively, not loose my cool, not gossip and smile a lot! That's the plan."
They did exactly what I thought they would do, at the end of the day was a message asking how it had gone. I was excited that it worked. I reminded myself several times throughout the day about my challenge to myself. At the end of the day, I felt that I had been successful, so the next morning I did it again. I re-read my post and told myself I was going to do it again. Last night as I lay in bed and think about the great, productive, happy day I had just finished I realized it had worked again!
So here I am this morning, sitting at my desk at work and telling myself that I am gonna get this done again today, I prayed about it this morning during my devotional time. I have the Christian radio station back on in my office, after a short hiatus to quiet land. I think hearing uplifting words all day helps, even if they are quietly in the background. It's been a wonderful week, God has shown me that I feel better and act better when I start my day with Him and my focus is on the good. Nobody wants to be around Debbie Downer all the time.