Breaking Bread For 4.7.21

Scripture

The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride. Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools. When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.

Ecclesiastes 7:8-9,14

Reflection

We get consumed by our thoughts and our feelings. Too much of either is chaos. Pride is a toxic overload of the two. As is anger.

I can admit that my pride has gotten in the way too many times to count, and never resulting in a positive end. The same is true with anger and how it plays out in my life. It’s one thing when I’m standing up for what’s right. It’s a complete shambles when I’m just trying to prove that I’m right and someone else is wrong. My ego and pride are tag-teaming and my ignorance blinds me from realizing this until it’s too late.

Can you relate?

Self-control is more than what many of us imagine, and more valuable than we can comprehend. It’s more than what most of us articulate and attempt to practice. If we truly understood the “why” behind controlling self, and didn’t see it as suppression of self, we would be more apt at doing so with great success. Instead we overthink and then our feelings flood in.

Then it’s a wrap.

Drama has taken over and both reason and logic take a seat.

We say it, but do we truly understand that we are energy. How that energy is used and expressed can be beautiful or devastating. We also need to understand that thoughts manifest into things. We need to learn how to manage our energy, which better manages us, and helps us to navigate through this big, bold world.

When we control ourselves then no one else can. When we control our energy then no one has the power to use, manipulate, or deplete it. When we control our thoughts then we dictate what comes in and takes shape, as well as what goes out. We then have control over what and how we invest our time, and no other human can claim that power over us.

And guess what? When you truly live this redefined approach you also stop blaming Satan for your actions. You start taking responsibility and you hold yourself accountable to who you know yourself to be.

When we get right on the inside then we are better aligned with God’s vision for how we’re to live and operate. When we are intentional then we are present, and when we are present, we are too focused on the now to be concerned about the future or belaboring the past. To get there we must go beyond our comfort zone.

That is freedom. That is what we should seek. Something to consider. What are your thoughts?

Prayer

Father, I pray for patience. The patience to wait and see past perceived limitations. The patience to endure life’s trials and tribulations and appreciate the lessons that come; patience to endure times when I have more month than money, and bills are demanding what my income can’t cover.

I pray for patience to deal with people who are sapsuckers and energy drainers. And if I happen to be one of these people, please realign me. Lord I ask for the patience to see Your Light in and through all things and circumstances. I want to go to You first and always, always reassured in You.

I thank You loving and blessing me. Father, thank You for holding my tongue when I want to verbally lash out at someone, and when I dwell on the past or obsess about the future. I thank You for pointing me on the path of success in every aspect of my life—not just professionally or in my personal relationships, but in every way. I want to live fully and in honor of You. In Your Name I humbly pray. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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