By John C. Parks

Life is about making decisions. Decisions determine habits. Habits determine thoughts. Thoughts create words. One must understand the difference words make. Words create life or death. We construct words that shift the atmosphere positively or negatively. When the atmosphere shifts, our direction shifts. So, one should pay great attention to their use of words.

If one would consciously think of using these 4-power words, one would see the enormousness of the change in their life. These simple but yet powerful words are life changers – Focused, Fearless, Freedom, and Fulfilled.

FOCUSED: It is so easy to be preoccupied or distracted from what matters. The wise writer of Hebrews wrote, “Therefore since we are encompassed with such a great cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. Let us look to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb. 12:1-2).

In Greek, the phrase “fix our eyes” means to give undivided attention. It signifies, looking away from anything that distracts you from your walk with Christ. If you fix your eyes on people, they will frustrate you. If you fix your eyes on your circumstances, you will be disheartened. If you fix your eyes on world events, you will be depressed.

One novel way to stay focused has been to keep a journal. Each day, set your goals. Then, each night thinking about what you have accomplished toward the goal. Gratefulness is just a straightforward way to keep your focus on Christ.

FEARLESS: The coronavirus creates panic in the minds of many people around the world. Fearlessness means facing your fear by convincing yourself of your ability to succeed.

FREEDOM. So many of us live in bondage to what other people think of us. Does it matter?  When you value your uniqueness, experiences, and abilities, the opinion of others dissipates into a small smile. If only they knew the real you, you began to think.

FULFILLED. Many people spend their lives making sure others are happy. They tend to sacrifice their values and principles to sustain the emotions of others. However, they end up on a trampoline of feelings and emotions, leading to despair. Being fulfill is feeling good in your skin.  Being fulfilled means others will not always accept you or even love you. However, the primary goal is to love yourself.

One should consider this question. How much energy do you give to agonizing about what others might think of you? Here is the thing—God calls us to nurture our relationships, but He never calls us to worry about what others are thinking. When we genuinely internalize sincere love, we are free to love others rather than let them enslave us. Set yourself free with these four powerful words.

John C. Parks