Have you ever been asked the question  What are the ‘Words You Live By ?  I was recently asked this question and frankly, it caught me a little off guard, but this is how I answered. “I do my best to live being grateful and thankful in everything.” I have adopted this phrase from my friend and Bible study leader of many years and have found it to keep me focused on the bigger picture of my life and not the day-to-day irritations that I face. Back to what I was saying, after my conversation with this person I took some additional time to really think about how I responded. Have you ever taken the the time to think about The Words You Live By?

How would you answer this question? The young man that asked me this seemed troubled, during our conversation, I learned  that he was engaged to be married but afraid to set a wedding date. He was not sure what he was afraid of other than maybe the freedom he enjoyed being single. So what do you tell him?Having been married for almost 30 years, I tried to offer him some wisdom that comes from being happily married for many years. The ups and the downs and what has held us together over time. I believe it goes back to my first statement of being thankful and grateful in everything. You have to consciously choose to do this because you don’t always feel it. Understanding that you don’t live for just pleasing yourself but are a part of a bigger picture can alter the way you live your life. You can inspire, ( I pray) and or discourage (hope not), someone everyday whether you realize it or not. Imagine if you took on the mindset to build up, bless and benefit just one person everyday. What a great world we would live in! All I’m suggesting is for you to do your part!  Here Is Your Challenge…

Over the next 7 days use this list below as The Words You Live By. See how it not only changes you but those around you.

  1. Live being grateful and thankful in everything (Even when you don’t feel it… That is the real challenge)

    2. Life is a journey... Seek out a new adventure everyday  (this can be as simple as trying a new coffee shop or taking a different route to work)

   3. Live to Inspire someone else (look for the opportunity to build someone up)

  4. Count your blessings (this will take your focus off your troubles and have nots)

  5. Live out the fruit of the Spirit that’s within you as a believer, through the power of the Holy Spirit (peace, love, joy, patience, kindness, gentleness and self-control )

  6. Pray everyday (Without ceasing) 

 7. Tell your friends and family how much they mean to you (Your positive interaction can make a difference in your friends and family’s daily lives) 

I believe we can all make a difference in the lives we touch everyday… Let’s make it a positive one! Tell me how you did and share your story! I can’t wait to hear from you.    Blessings, Melissa

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