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While brushing my teeth this morning, I noticed for the first time I had two mouthwash bottles near the sink with only one swig left in them. I wondered why I hadn’t finished them and decided it was possibly because I didn’t want to run out of mouthwash when I really needed it. Then I begin to think about the bottles of shampoo in my shower that are nearly gone. And the bottles and containers under the sink.

mouthwashWas this a new discovery for me? Not really. My husband used to ask me why I had so many bottles of shampoos, soaps and make up and I just laughed and told him that I like variety every day so I don’t get bored.

Then I got to thinking a little deeper about that this morning as I brushed my teeth. Yes, I like variety and change. I like challenges and new things. I like to hang on to the remnants of something good as well. That could very well sum up my life. I have so many projects and ideas that I have begun but not finished. I have books almost written, and read, but not completed. I have projects thought out and planned but not finalized. I have goals set but not accomplished.

Who would have thought that mouthwash could be so powerful? Not only did I finish the last of one of the bottles of mouthwash this morning, but I discovered the one reason why I am not able to move forward in some areas of my life.

I am afraid. I don’t want to be left with an empty bottle and not have what I need when I need it. By hanging on to the last remnant of that mouthwash, I feel secure knowing it is available to me at any time. I am afraid of finishing a project because it means it is time to move on to something else. I may even be a little afraid of the success I will have with that completed project.

I am lazy. Yes, lazy. I don’t want to finish that bottle because it would mean I would have to finish it and put it in the garbage. It is a simple process that I am avoiding but I am lazy and don’t want to finish. I am lazy about finishing a project because I think the final tasks will be too hard and I don’t want to make time to do them. I may be even a little lazy because I am selfish with my time and don’t want to work to serve others.

I am hanging on. I am hanging on to the last swig of mouthwash because it will be there for me as long as I allow it to be. I know that by hanging on to it that I will always have it there. With my projects, I am hanging on to enjoying the process. I am hanging on to looking at and reviewing the project. I am hanging on to talking about it to others rather than finishing.

Seeing that almost empty bottle of mouthwash in the wee hours of the morning was an awakening for me. That almost empty bottle of mouthwash taught me that it was time to move on. It taught me not to be afraid of finishing something. It taught me not to be lazy. It taught me to let go.

How many almost empty bottles do you have in your life? Decide today to empty one and move on. Decide today to finish it and let it go. Decide today to complete that part of your life so you can make room for something even greater. God has great plans for us but if we continue to hang on to those almost empty containers in our lives, there will be no room for His will.

Action Steps:
1. Look around your bathroom and inside some cabinets for almost empty bottles.
2. Clean out one thing and finish it so you can toss the empty container.
3. Smile knowing you have rid yourself of something you have been hanging on to.
4. Now tackle an almost finished project you have been putting off and make today matter.

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This is not an English lesson but a LIFE lesson. I never was great at English but plan to be great in life! 🙂   headshot Frances A Plus

We know vowels are important in our daily lives because without them we couldn’t form words. Vowels are important for linking consonants. Words would be unpronounceable without vowels. Consonants are mainly used as sounds and the vowels pull the other letters together. A lot of vowels are used in action words such as verbs and adjectives because vowels make consonants take action, literally and figuratively speaking. Even the shortest words need vowels before they can make sense to us.

The vowels of life can also serve as a reminder about what we should do to serve God, help others and make a difference. We are the consonants making different sounds in our lives but the vowels pull our lives into the directions we go. It doesn’t matter if we are traveling a great distance or a short distance. Without the vowels of life, we would merely be existing by going through the motions and not living to take action.

A – Acknowledge

First, we need to acknowledge we are here for a reason. We have a life to live and we should proactively live it. Knowing we have a purpose and we can go to God to find that purpose will create an awareness within us that what we do matters and we can make a difference. We need to acknowledge and change our thoughts to live on purpose. The first step toward change is awareness. The second is acceptance. Nathaniel Branden

E – Explore

Second, we need to explore God’s word. We need to dig into His word every day. We need to subscribe to a daily devotional so we can go through God’s word and know how it applies to our lives. We need to pray asking for God to reveal to us what He wants us to do for others and share with them. Daily devotionals and spending time with God will help us explore His possibilities for us.

I – Intention

Third, we need to live intentionally. When we decide to make the calls and do what God intends for us to do. When we intentionally do right, rather than wrong, we will be able to be in charge and control about the actions we take. God doesn’t want us to go from one thing to the next and not be intentional about life. Our intention creates our reality. Wayne Dyer

O – Opportunities

Opportunities are all around us. When we see those opportunities, we are to act on them. Opportunities can come and go quickly so we want to be sure we are ready and prepared. When we know what God has called us to do in this life, we can prepare ahead of time so that when opportunities come, we will be ready. Success is where preparation and opportunity meet. Bobby Unser

U – Understanding

We don’t always understand why things happen but we can understand that God has everything under control. Sometimes we try to control too much which makes us lose the big picture God wants us to see. When we seek His understand and give Him control of our lives. Our understanding is less complicated. All we have to understand is that God is in control. Leave all the other whys, what if’s and how comes to Him. He’s got it handled.  Jeremiah 29:11 “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’” (NLT)

Y – You (Sometimes)

There will be times when we need to focus on us so we can rejuvenate and replenish. When we continuously look for ways to meet the needs of others, we “burn out.” We need to find ways to retreat, regroup and refresh so we are ready to acknowledge why we are here, explore God’s word, have the right intentions, look for opportunities and pray for understanding. You are the key to make great things happen! Take care of yourself! You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want. Zig Ziglar

We could go through the entire alphabet with words that are important to our success in life as we work for God; however, just as the vowels in words are needed to make the words complete, the vowels of life are necessary in order to get the other things done that will make our lives complete and help others to do the same.

Today, begin a new habit. Go through your vowels every day:

1. Acknowledge you are here for a reason and you can make a difference.
2. Explore God’s word and ask Him to reveal Himself to you through it.
3. Intentionally do what is right and resist doing wrong.
4. Opportunities should be sought after every day so we can do good for others.
5. Understand things will happen beyond our control but God has everything under control.
6. You need to take care of yourself and do what is required to retreat, regroup and refresh.

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I CAN DO ITWe can be our own worst enemies. Sometimes we think too much. Sometimes we put ourselves down. Sometimes we treat ourselves worse than we treat others. Maybe it’s time we stop beating ourselves up over things and took time to talk more positively, take care of our bodies and find ways to encourage ourselves to do more. Then we can become a leader to others portraying the self-confidence we need to get things done.

First, we need to look at how we talk to ourselves. How many times do we catch ourselves saying that we aren’t good enough? We don’t know enough? We don’t look as good as we could? The list goes on and on. Our self-talk should be the first thing we change.

Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” (NKJV)

Next, we need to look at how we take care of ourselves. What things do we do to and put into our bodies. How are we taking care of the bodies God has given us? God only gave us one body so we need to be sure that we do what is best for it so we can give Him our best and we can better serve others.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” (NLT)

Finally, we need to look at how we encourage ourselves. Once we talk better to ourselves and take better care of ourselves, then we need to be sure we encourage ourselves along the way knowing that God wants us to succeed and wants to help us.

Joshua 1:9 “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (NLT)

God doesn’t want us to be our own worst enemies. God wants us to succeed. To be a great leader, we have to believe in ourselves. We have to know that God has a purpose for us and that we will not fail if we are doing His will. So it’s time to stop beating ourselves us and start lifting up our arms and eyes to God so He can show us what His will is.

Leadership starts from within. Within us God has created a masterpiece. We are unique. We are special. We will slip and we will fall, but God is with us no matter what we do and ready to get us back on track for Him.

Let’s memorize Joshua 1:9 today and say it to ourselves each and every day to remind us that God is with us wherever we go. He thinks we are special and wants us to succeed as a leader.