Have you ever had that one idea or thought that someone shares with you that resonates down to the marrow of your bones? Well, I certainly have.
Last week, during a strategy session with a business partner, the following was shared,
As time moved on, this quote began to speak to me on every level imaginable. Me being the curious person that I am, I sought to discover the author of the quote. In my quest, I found some tried to pin it to this person and that person. Ultimately, I found that Zig Ziglar was the author of these 23 words, which have led me here.
During this pandemic, if I have relearned anything, it is that living a life of peace. Almost free from worry stress, start with my thoughts. What I allow myself to cognitively focus on has a direct impact on my emotions. And if the quote was not enough, when I opened my Bible app to do a devotional, the verse Philippians 4:8 was staring me in the face…
“Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable — if there is any moral excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy — dwell on these things.”
So, what do these 3 C’s mean?
Make a CHOICE! Each day we are faced with choices that will impact our experiences. Yet from a place of fear and self-doubt, we convince ourselves that if we make no choice, things will turn out alright. But 2 Samuel 24:12 reminds us that for God to move on our behalf, we must make a choice.
“Go and say to David, ‘This is what the Lord says: I am offering you three choices. Choose one of them, and I will do it to you.’”
Take A CHANCE! Not every choice that you make will be a peace-producing or life-altering experience. You must be willing to hold your choice up against the standard of God’s word. When your choices do not align with being obedient with His commands, you can rest assured that you will generate greater turmoil, requiring you to again take a CHANCE on another choice.
Receiving CHANGE! Once you have identified the choice you will make and the chance you will take, you have made the decision that change is worth the effort. Changing your thoughts puts you in sync with the truth of God, His laws of love, and His peace.
As you go about the remainder of your day, thoughts will come and go as they please, needing not much help from you. Seek to increase your awareness of your thoughts by being mindful of the when, where, how, and why they originate. Relating to these 3 C’s are certain to elevate the level of peace and calm you desire in your life.