The Plus-Then-Minus Theory

Have you ever had one of those days where everything you touched turned to trouble? As I reflect on yesterday, I have to say: I’m glad it’s over, and yet, I wish I could have a “do-over” to capture a couple of missed opportunities to offer hope in this crazy, fast-paced and greed-driven world to a couple of people. But that’s not how it works. Yesterday is gone; today is here, and that’s why we call it the present. In other words, today is a gift and I’m so thankful that He has given us a chance to not repeat our yesterdays. His mercies ARE new EVERY morning…. but that doesn’t give me a license to take them for granted. So if ever you’ve had one of those days, and maybe you’re still having too many of those days, try the Plus-Then-Minus Theory: You’ve got to make a deposit before you make a withdrawal and when we do this, we ALWAYS come out ahead, but we must have a pure motive. We can’t give to receive, but when we give without expectation, that is the true essence of the gift. If we need the gift of more time in our day, give Him the first of your time in the morning. This will help you not only understand this theory, but to also be successful with it. So if we want to feel better, let’s reach out to someone who comes across our path and say or do something to make their day better. I’m sure we all know someone whose struggles are worse than ours. Stop for the couple of minutes it would take and send them a card, or an encouraging email. Do we need a financial blessing? How about doing something small for someone and it doesn’t even have to be monetary; it could be a gift of service. This theory works in so many areas of life. Whatever the case may be, try this Plus-Then-Minus theory, and may your joy overflow.

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16 Responses to “The Plus-Then-Minus Theory”

  1. Stephanie says:

    Thanks for the much needed and encouraging reminder of how MY faith works. Keep going. I pray today everything you touch turns to whatever the opposite of trouble is. Love you sister.

  2. admin says:

    Thank you 4 taking the time to respond to the blog. Your appreciation is soooo appreciated.
    Be blessed:)

  3. Sherrie says:

    Thanks for the reminder. Life gets too busy to remember the “small” things are really the “big” things:)

  4. admin says:

    So true, Sherrie… We literally have to stop to see that. If we think about it, lots of small things make a big thing! Be blessed.
    Evinda

  5. Jennifer says:

    i have wanted to do over a lot of stuff in my life. one of them is i wish i could have more time with my mom and have had a better relationship with her. but i know i cant do that. i wish that i could tell her that i loved her more or tell her how much i loved her but she is gone now and all i can do is live with the regrets of not doing that. i fell the lesson you are writing about says that you cant change anything but you can give back to someone and dont expect a thing out of it. after i lost my mom i would try to talk to the girls about the relationship my mother and i had and one girl said that she doesnt talk to her mother anymore. i told her that she needed to build a relationship with her because you never know what God might have in store for that person in the future, He might want her to come home with Him sooner than we expected. I felt like i did a good deed and tried to help someone out and that mad me feel good

  6. Jennifer says:

    i didnt finish my comment ealier what i was trying to say is that this book is going to inspire me to let all my junk out of my trunk and to open up more to my husband about thing in my past. thank you for being an insperation jennifer

  7. Sherrie says:

    It always amazes me when walking down a hallway or in a store, that if you just smile and acknowledge someone how often, if you watch their expression it will soften. I think small jestures of kindness sometimes do more than we will ever know. That person may be having a terrible time in their life and that smile may be a ray of hope and love they need, There are no mistakes with kindness.

  8. admin says:

    Jennifer,
    you’re so right; the only thing you can change is how you live your life now. If losing your mom has taught you the value of relationships, then her life was not in vain. She knew you loved her and though there was pain mixed in because of your circumstances, that love stayed with her. So let go of the regrets because they tend to get in the way of the future. And passing on what you learn is also a gift that her passing has brought….. Keep the faith!!

  9. Gobus says:

    Good job!!!

  10. admin says:

    Thank you, Souper Dave…. Be blessed and get some rest:)

  11. Lee Todhunter says:

    Always an interesting stop in my day, just listening in.

  12. Alexander Lee says:

    This is certainly what I have been finding all day. I should have found your blog post faster.

  13. admin says:

    I hope you’ll come back for more:)

  14. Shirl says:

    Thanks for the well-thought article. I’m actually at work at the moment! So I need to go off without reading all I’d like. However, I put your site on my RSS feed so that I can read even more.

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  16. admin says:

    Thanks for stopping by. Hope you come back:)