Monkey See, Monkey Do

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monkey see, monkey do

Funny thing about money. When you have it, you hardly give it a second thought. If you want or need something, you buy it.

When you don’t have it, it seems to consume your every thought. You worry about it when you go grocery shopping. You worry about it when you pay your bills. You worry about it when you balance your checkbook. Sometimes you even worry about money when you are supposed to be spending some quality time with your children.

Not only is it NOT supposed to be this way, but what you need to realize is that this type of negative thinking cycle can actually keep you stuck where you are!

Let’s compare it to driving a car. When you drive, where do you keep your focus? On the road ahead, right? (If not, please let me know when you’re driving and where, so I can stay off the road!) Sure, you look in the side and rear-view mirrors occasionally so that you know what’s going on around you.

But, if you are a safe and cautious driver, you don’t drive looking at the passenger sitting next to you, or out your window at the scenery. Have you noticed what happens when you do? Your car starts to go in the direction you are looking!

The same thing happens on a mental and spiritual level. If all we look at is the lack in our lives, guess what we are going to experience? You got it! More lack!

You may not want to believe that, but it’s true!

Focusing on what we don’t want in our lives also takes a toll on us emotionally. It’s difficult to enjoy anything when we are consumed with worry. If you stay in that mental space, you’ll find yourself getting more and more depressed. It will affect your relationships. It will affect your energy level. If you don’t break the cycle, you may find it difficult to even get out of bed in the morning.

Today’s Scripture:

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

Therefore do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

~ Matthew 6:25-31


“If you want uncommon results,

you have to think and do things that are uncommon.

If you want thins you have never had,

you have to do things you have never done.”

~Dave Ramsey


Today’s Tip:

cheree from i'm debt free!Cheree says:

Start a “Blessings Journal”. Every night before you go to bed, write down 5 things that you are thankful for.

Whenever you are feeling low, take out your journal and read what you have written. It will change your outlook.

An attitude of gratitude will change your life!

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15 comments for “Monkey See, Monkey Do

  1. July 26, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Good solid advice. you’re on a roll Cheree:-)
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  2. July 27, 2011 at 4:06 am

    Great article! I agree with Donald – good solid advice!

  3. July 27, 2011 at 6:18 am

    YES YES YES !!! This article speaks to the heart of all things…our mindset! Understanding the power of our thoughts and then empowering our children with this knowledge is what will change the world! Great job!
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  4. July 27, 2011 at 6:50 am

    Great inspirational article!
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  5. July 27, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Thanks for dropping by my website and sharing your thoughts, Anastasiya!

  6. July 27, 2011 at 7:30 am

    Thanks, Denny! I couldn’t agree more. What we focus on is what we bring into our lives. Imagine growing up knowing that your whole life? Yes, teaching our children will change the world! Thanks for stopping by my website and for sharing your thoughts.

  7. July 27, 2011 at 7:30 am

    Thank you, Lyn! I’m glad you found my article valuable and hope you’ll stop by my website again in the future!

  8. July 27, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Great article Cheree! I like the ‘Blessing Journal’ idea!
    Thank you, Hughie
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  9. July 27, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Such great advice. I like the blessing journal idea for those days when you are feeling down or deprived. It is amazing how many good things in our lives cannot be bought with any amount of money.
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  10. July 27, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Thanks, Hughie! Keeping a blessing journal is a great thing to do. It isn’t my original idea, but one I embrace! Thanks for stopping by my website and sharing your thoughts. Hope you’ll come back again!

  11. July 27, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Hey, Annie! Thanks for your kind words. I don’t remember the author of the original blessings journal… it was so many years ago, but a terrific idea. An especially good one to share with the family and teach children as they are growing up that there is so much to be thankful for!

  12. July 27, 2011 at 10:13 am

    I’ve often referred to the passage myself Cheree. And you are so right when the focus is on “lack”, the surest and most foundational refuge is in the word of God. So many people dispute it’s source and undermine the core principle of feeding the soul when the soul is seeking relief. Thank you for bringing light to the surest place for balance and guidance in a desperate time of need.
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  13. July 27, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    I agree with you Cheree, lets keep our focus on the road ahead.

  14. July 27, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Sandra, thank you for dropping by my website, and for your kind comments. Honestly, when I look at the current success systems of today, it seems to me that they are simply re-framing biblical concepts in secular terms. As Paul said, “I am not ashamed” so I’ll continue to give glory to God for all of the blessings He showers on us daily. I hope you will stop by again.

  15. July 27, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Thanks Joanie, looking forward and pressing toward the mark is the only way we get anywhere!

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