Think outside your own box of hard knocks

Self-focus diminishes joy. Think outside your own box of hard knocks. Take time to notice, appreciate, and be inspired by the marvelous beauty in the nature outside your door.

Many people have their mind full of negative, hostile, and harmful thoughts, but they aren’t mindful of it; they’re unaware. Intentionally fill your mind with uplifting thoughts and your heart with compassion and love.

A mask can be an air purifier, but if you’ll turn on your conscience, it will be a mind and heart purifier. Instead of using profanity to express disdain, perhaps it would be better to use uplifting words to build up and encourage people. Maybe it’s time to introduce antiprofanity into popular language: Praise the Lord, Hallelujah, Glory to God, etc.

Church creates “hearers of the word.” Ekklesia trains, equips, and releases “doers of the word and not hearers only.” Church is a religious institution that gradually evolved from the early Christian ekklesia and was solidified by Roman Emperor Constantine.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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