Get up on the Inside!

Pollyanna Mindset was my diagnosis. If anyone is familiar with the classic novel Pollyanna, a little girl by that name is known for her optimistic attitude and blasts into a town to try to spread her positivity. You may think, well that is not such a bad rap! I agree in and of itself a personality of that nature is good  but when it is referring to the way I handle money it is not quite so rosy!

This ‘diagnosis’ as I’ve called it is based on $pent by Stephanie Holmes -Winton. A book referred to by our new financial advisor as God continues to speak into aligning this area of our life. These are some of the characteristics that are described from a Pollyanna mindset : blissfully unaware when it comes to finances and you are fine with that, a delight to be around and don’t see bad in anyone or any purchase for that matter, if you have a spouse you abdicate your financial responsibility to them, just as likely to overspend on others as you are on yourself, if you and your spouse make a healthy income, it is not unusual for you to turn gift buying into a sport…okay, okay we get the picture and it is ugly to me because it is accurate, although I still don’t see what is wrong with gifting others…

Needless to say, hard work is necessary in this area. Especially when my husband’s mindset is an Undercover Agent but that is a story for another time. Let’s just say thankfully our marriage is strong and he is Very patient with me. So when I heard Joyce Meyer teaching on Living Courageously this morning and she said we need to get up on the inside, I knew what direction this blog was going today.

Jim George wrote, ” Complacency happens almost without notice. Check and renew your heart daily.” It is so easy for us to drift into those comfortable places that don’t call for radical transformation or any big interference in our lives. As I am learning though when we are fully surrendered to God’s will for our life or moving toward that place, it is impossible to sit in the comfort because even that becomes uncomfortable.  “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful, Later on however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11

I mentioned this verse in my last blog and there was a time when I would always associate the word discipline with punishment and although that is one meaning of the word, it also means training expected to produce a specific character or pattern of behaviour, especially training that produces moral or mental improvement. God wants us to become like what He says we are. He says we have been given all we need for life and godliness and that we are more than conquerors through Him and that the power that rose Christ from the dead is in US!!! That truth in itself should have us standing up on the inside and every side in astonishment at His goodness, grace and mercy. Sit in that for a moment…

My Pollyanna confession is part of the hard-line decision I am making to line up with God’s will. As Joyce said, “Make a decision, do something, lest you do nothing.” It starts with one choice, one move to get up on the inside and let the power of Christ move through you to do the things He is calling you to do to be more like Him. As you become more like Him, you will impact the world one decision at a time.