Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Transformative Power of Straightening

One of the things I love about staying at hotels is good housekeeping. You leave the room and return to find it entirely transformed! The bed is made impeccably, the floor vacuumed, counters picked up neatly, toiletries arranged precisely, and new towels and washcloths folded impressively.

The relatively simple act of straightening makes such a difference, not just in hotel rooms but in life in general. Taking a few minutes to straighten a room lends it a transformative power. The same is true with our attitudes and thoughts. We have the power (with God's help through prayer) to straighten those up too, when they have gone awry. We can choose what we think about, what thoughts we dwell on. Dr. Laura Schlessinger often tells callers that they can think about an apple, or an orange; it really is that simple--even though it doesn't feel like it sometimes.

Sometimes, a relationship may need some straightening. If there is conflict or tension, finding a few minutes to discuss it calmly as to straighten it up will also usually transform the situation.

Blessings can be found by straightening things up!

"In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." (Proverbs 3:6).

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