You have a clean slate everyday that you wake up. You have a chance every single morning to make that change and be the person you want to be. You just have to decide to do it! Decide that today is the day! Say it! Affirm it to yourself: This is going to be my day. I will rejoice and be glad in it.
I have a friend who has a devotional site and sends out points to ponder and reflect on each day. One day a point stood out to me that really made me step back and do some self reflection. I know that we all have found ourselves in the midst of a storm, a conflict, a challenge, or a major setback in our lives. Can you agree? I want you to think back to that time in your life. How did you feel? What were you thinking? Were you stressed? Were you trying to prove a point to someone? Did you feel that you were dealing with an internal struggle?
Now think back to a situation where you were seemingly in control. How did you feel then? Now please note that we are often unable to control a situation, circumstance or a person. However, you can control how you respond. So let’s bring it back to the point that caught my attention from my friend’s devotional. Are you a thermometer or a thermostat? A thermometer is controlled by the temperature in the room. A thermostat sets the temperature in the room. Let me say that again… A thermometer is controlled by the temperature and the thermostat sets the temperature. Are you affected by what someone says or does, the situation, or the circumstance around you? Sometimes you have no control over any of these “temporal” things which can be or set the temperature of our lives but we can control how we react or respond to those things. We need not take on or accept or allow ourselves to be a barometer for what is happening to us or around us. We can choose to soar like an eagle and fly high and rise above. So I ask you to think about who you want to be each day. Do you want to be the thermostat or do you want to be the thermometer? You can make that call.