March 7, 2014

Bryan Collins: Spring cleaning

As this article is being written, the next day’s weather forecast is for that powerful polar vortex to once again dip down into our area, producing cold temperatures and maybe even a little frozen precipitation.

Here in the South where our winter is short we still get tired of the cold pretty fast. Thankfully, spring is on the way and with spring comes the urge to purge; spring cleaning, that is. Many people are getting that familiar urge to spruce up the landscaping, wash the windows and clear out all of the last year’s clutter. The rummage sale bug is beginning to bite in order to make a few pennies off all that clutter.

As we think about the spring season and its charms and the deep cleaning we may need to do on our properties, let’s also think about the clutter that may be in our minds. It might be time for you to do a little spring cleaning in your head.

As spring is a time for renewal, there are some forms of mental, emotional and spiritual renewal you might find encouraging and useful. Consider renewing your attitude with a positive outlook. In Romans 12:2 the apostle Paul said that children of God, rather than being conformed to the world, ought to be transformed by the renewing of the mind. These, and other Scriptures, encourage us to be in charge of our minds, therefore, in control of our attitudes.

It was suggested to me in my youth that attitude is the only thing in our human lives that we actually have full control of; if we are going to have a good day or a bad day, it is largely our own determination. When you put your feet on the floor in the morning and take the first stretch of the day you get to decide if today is going to be a good day or a bad one. This was found to be fairly accurate and useful, guiding me for many years now.

Author and speaker Jim Rohn said that even if things aren’t going so well by your estimation, it might be better not to call the day “bad” too early in the day, leaving time for things to turn around for the better. Improving our attitude might improve the day.

Spring is as good a time as any to clear away the mental cobwebs and dust collected over seasons of trial. Now is a good time to work on building a positive outlook and attitude. At Central Church of Christ we strive to stay focused on Jesus Christ. We say of Central Church of Christ, “Where Christ is central.” We are in no way perfect but we believe that if you are struggling with self-doubt or any other trial of this life, Christ can make an appreciable difference.

If we can assist you in any way please visit us Sunday mornings at 9, 10 for Bible classes (all ages) and 11:10 for another worship. We are at 515 N. Tibbs Road in Dalton directly behind Civitan Park. May God continually bless you in your effort to transform your thinking and your attitude.

Bryan Collins is minister of the Central Church of Christ in Dalton. His column runs the second Saturday of the month.

Text Only
  • Le Miz 3 mlh.jpg Do you hear the people sing?

    Sometimes referred to as “the world’s most popular musical,” “Les Miserables,” an adaptation of Victor Hugo’s 1846 novel, has been performed around the globe in more than a dozen languages for nearly 30 years.

    July 19, 2014 3 Photos

  • Bryan Collins: God so loved

    In John 3:16, Jesus spoke of the Father’s love of the world, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

    July 11, 2014

  • The Rev. G. David Henderson: Those who help also serve Christ

    If the reader wrongly believes Christ can’t use you because you’re too timid to sing, pray, speak publicly, play musical instruments in worship services inside a church sanctuary, today’s devotional will greatly encourage you.

    July 4, 2014

  • New pastor for First Presbyterian

    The Rev. William McMullen “Will” Scott, currently of Indianapolis, Ind., has been called to serve as the pastor of Dalton’s First Presbyterian Church. Scott is only the 19th senior minister to be called by the congregation in the church’s 167-year history. His nomination was approved by the congregation Sunday, June 15, following a yearlong search.

    June 16, 2014

  • Bryan Collins: Men, step up

    On Sunday, our nation will celebrate Father’s Day. The observable differences in the way Father’s Day and Mother’s Day are celebrated could be attributed to several different factors.  Mother’s Day is typically a more sentimental occasion than Father’s Day because our moms are usually a little more sentimental. Moms are typically more nurturing and so we think of them differently than we think of our dads. It is too often the case that moms have to play the role of mother and father to the children.

    June 13, 2014

  • The Rev. G. David Henderson: The powerlessness in aloneness

    God knows the fragileness of every human he has created. The first time God graded something as “no good” within his new creations is when he created the first human, Adam: “It is not good for any man to abide alone” (Genesis 2:18). God then created Eve.

    June 6, 2014

  • DLT play features bluegrass gospel music, comedy

    It is October of 1945, the war is over, and the gospel-singing Sanders family is back together again.

    June 1, 2014

  • O.N. Jonas Memorial Foundation plans for future

    The yearly meeting of the O.N. Jonas Memorial Foundation was recently held and plans for the future were discussed. The foundation (administered by the Creative Arts Guild) began in 1968 with friends of the late Oscar N. Jonas uniting with business, civic and educational leaders to establish an organization that could perpetuate Oscar’s aspirations for the cultural enrichment of all children in northwest Georgia. The foundation sponsors visual, performing and literary arts in Dalton Public Schools, Whitfield County Schools and Murray County Schools, and also Crossroads, Mountainbrook and the Dalton Regional Youth Detention Center. All programs are free to students.

    June 1, 2014

  • Robin Richmond Mason: Sit down for a season but stand firmly on your roots

    Proverbs tells us that a woman can live in such a way that her children will rise up and call her blessed.

    May 10, 2014

  • The Rev. G. David Henderson: Christ-like power from devilish thorns

    Today’s devotional is to the readers who have asked God many times to rid Satan out of their life, but as of yet he hasn’t  removed him. The Apostle Paul also experienced such heartbreaking misery.

    May 2, 2014