Today’s post is written for Five Minute Friday, a fun and inspirational link-up with many other bloggers who write for five minutes, unedited, on a given prompt.
(Confession time: I’m working on sticking to the five minute, unedited “rule”, imperfectly, but have grown towards these goals as a “recovering perfectionist”. That’s one of the reasons I chose to participate in this weekly challenge.)
Today’s prompt is, “collect”. I hope you are encouraged or inspired, too.
What am I choosing to collect?
A life is full of collections, some of physical things, such as stones, shells, books, stamps, jewelry, coffees or mason jars.
But every day we are collecting things we cannot see.
What am I choosing to collect … emotionally, mentally, even spiritually?
I often make poor choices (or automatic, it seems), to collect regrets, discontent, complaints, stress, grief, hurt or negativity.
But I wish to collect something better, a collection of unseen gifts that I can share through my life with those around me, and pass on to my family and future generations.
With God’s help, I would rather be intentional about collecting good things.
I choose to collect thankfulness, cheerfulness, peace, happy memories, good thoughts, positive words, grace … simple treasures that I wish to keep.
I do have a choice as to what I collect.
” And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.”
– Philippians 4:8-9 (NLT)
We can make a positive impact on our own lives, and of those around us.
” The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.“
– 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (MSG)
What are you choosing to collect?