|Is your value increasing or decreasing?|
Translation: Appreciation - value goes up.
Depreciation - value goes down.
Have you ever wondered why certain things we think, say, and do, increase or decrease in value/worth?
I'm going to use the simple financial concept of Appreciation and Depreciation to help illustrate my point of how we think, what we say, and what we do, will help us or hurt us. In other words, what we say (think and do) can and will be used against us if we're not careful. We are what we think2.
When I talk to certain people and they have a defeatist, woe-is-me, doom and gloom mindset and attitude, chances are their vocabulary will mirror that thinking and chances are they will not act on their goals. Their lack of faith will not allow them to accomplish anything and typically they will blame life's circumstances. I know life happens. Life happened to me and I know how it feels to be in such a low place that you think there's no way anyone else is going through this and there's no way anyone knows what I'm feeling right now. But the devil is a liar. Everyone is going through something. I also know what it's like to seek the Lord and the wise counsel He gives us in order for us to solve our problems and issues for ourselves (we have to do the hard work). When we camp out in a sullen, negative, down-and-out place, that's an unproductive and dangerous place to be. Lots of bad animals come to devour us when we camp in that area. Our stock will definitely depreciate or decrease in value during that time. In fact after a while it will be worth nothing. That's not what the Lord wants for us. He wants to protect us, but we have to let Him. We have to take His offer to help us and we certainly can't blame Him for anything that happens or doesn't happen. We have to have faith. In many of my articles I talk about His plan3 for our lives and that remains unchanged. He always wants to prosper us, not to harm us, and He plans to give us hope and a future. That's a fact. Embrace it.
Our circumstances will improve and our stock will appreciate when we do the hard work.
When we take on a positive, I-will-make-it-through attitude, our vocabulary starts changing for the better. Then we start walking out everything the Lord has for us. Operating in this fashion will position us nicely for success (ie, having amble resources to help build His kingdom). I'm not saying it will be easy, because it won't. What it will be is ongoing and the progress will be steady. We will be better able to monitor our thoughts, words, and actions, because we know the stock we have is worth gold. We know we have an appreciable asset that will have great returns when paid attention to. Thus, if want them to appreciate we have to monitor how we think, what we say, and what we do. That approach will determine whether our value moves upward or not. Further, we have to watch who is in control of our returns. Who manages them? Do we communicate often? If we want increase, among other things, the right manager has to be trustworthy, credible, dependable, and ethical.
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2. Proverbs 23:7
3. Jeremiah 29:11