Feelings aren’t supposed to be mandates

If what’s on your mind
Is weighing you down,
Try putting it down
And drop the frown.

What you set your mind on eventually becomes your mindset and will set up like concrete. Set your mind right. Good or bad, the thoughts you let people plant in your head will grow deep roots and spread.

It’s hard to “get over it,” if you don’t know what “it” is that’s causing you pain. Be honest with yourself.

Unhappiness is like a hole in the ground. You can sit in it or find a way to climb out. The less self-aware I am, the happier I seem to be.

Feelings aren’t mandatory. Their inner tyranny can be resisted and overcome, instead of being surrendered to.

You’re the one who has to fight for your inner freedom. No one else can do that for you.

Some desires and emotions need to be shut down. Some need to be cultivated. Wisdom knows the difference.

Sincere kindness is beautiful. I love watching how it connects people heart-to-heart. Spread some beauty today. If someone says something you disagree with, instead of responding, compliment them. Say: “I can tell you’re a thinker.”

Good and evil contend within human beings, trying to win our attention and capture our behavior. Self-defense is needed most when we’re tormented within by thoughts and emotions, but that’s when many people give up.

Some people feel like they’re supposed to supply the world with insults, negativity, and profanity. Their words are best ignored. When people cuss, they announce that they have nothing logical to say.

As I read the Bible, I find it describing the inner struggles that I face and directing me to recovery, inner peace, and joy. Many reject the Bible because they don’t like some of what it says. I trust it because of the parts that deeply stir my heart.

Let the living Jesus
Be your inner guide
And lead you
From the inside.

You have to be alive to read,
But you can be dead
And still be read
When you’re gone.

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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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