Thoughts Make the Difference
- 2012 12 Dec
Ted had accepted the challenge of checking an electrical outlet in his granddaughter’s room. As a retired electrician, he knew he was up for the job. He finished his task in no time and looked around to see what else he might be able to do to help his daughter.
He spotted an area in the family room that appeared to need attention. He moved a very heavy couch to have full view of the problem. Just as he moved the couch out of the way, his daughter walked in; she loudly informed him that he had probably scratched the floor; she continued to berate him and let him know he should have waited for her husband.
His first instinct was to only hear the negative remarks and go into a downward spiral of thoughts about everything he had ever done incorrectly. He chose to see his value through the eyes of God at that moment.
(Psalms 138:8) The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.
Dr. David Hawkins is the director of the Marriage Recover Center where he counsels couples in distress. He is the author of over 30 books, including Dealing With the CrazyMakers in Your Life, 90 Days to a Fantastic Marriage, and When Pleasing Others is Hurting You. Dr. Hawkins grew up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and lives with his wife on the South Puget Sound where he enjoys sailing, biking, and skiing. He has active practices in two Washington cities. You can also find Dr. Hawkins on Facebook and Twitter. Dr. Hawkins offers a free, 20 minute consultation, with requests sent to his email address at TheRelationshipDoctor@gmail.com. Also, remember his guarantee at The Marriage Recovery Center: 3 Days To A New Marriage, Guaranteed!