our response determines our future

the simplest of sentences can sometimes help you to slow down, take a breath and focus on what it is you are really doing in a moment.

This one, spoken at church a few weeks ago, has really resonated with me.

our response determines our future (1)

This goes for;

  • what we say – they can so strongly affect our moods and feelings towards others, even if spoken quietly to ourselves.
  • thought life – the way we speak to ourselves and the motivation we give ourselves means so much towards our own outlook.  Positivity and silver lining always – even a smile on your face can change your thought pattern.
  • prayer – giving thanks and praise to God.  Such a big part of how we should respond to a situation.  Something I’m constantly working on. Pray away negativity and train yourself to respond to negativity through prayer!  Not in reacting.
  • patience – realising that you don’t have to respond straight away to a situation or something spoken to you.  Think about your response.   Try not to be personally offended if someone upsets you with something you don’t agree with.  Take a breath, don’t react, push forward forgiveness and be patient with your response.
  • change – something that has been at me for weeks now.  small changes mean the world and can change the world in you!  They can easily determine your future, just with the smallest of steps, thoughts or words.

It might be a simple statement but its something that means so much.  Simple is so often the best. I know my brain OFTEN over complicates things.

But I also know that I can choose how I respond!   It’s my future afterall!

So I’m keeping on with the small changes.  The small ideas.  The brave moves forward.

I only get one chance at this life and if the least I can do is respond positively, be grateful and have faith – I know I will be creating the best future possible.

 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11

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10 thoughts on “our response determines our future

  1. Kelli {A Deeper Joy} says:

    Something I’ve been thinking about a lot is what comes out of my mouth. We can really lift people up with words or tear them down. My husband and I are looking into becoming foster parents and we’ve said, we really need to let only positive things come out of our mouths so that when that happens, we don’t slip. And yes, patience – that’s a toughy for me!

    • Finn says:

      oh how wonderful Kelli thats a fantastic thing to do! The way that your attitude changes when only positive things are spoken is so powerful!

  2. Rebeca says:

    Praise God! “Think about your response” -Yes note to self. I know that God is leading me in the right direction. This is just confirmation. Thanks for sharing.

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