I was in a hurry to get inside Walmart during one of my errand task force runs, and I had my four year old daughter with me. She was not really in a hurry and despite my suggestions to hustle, she pranced in the sunlight and suddenly stopped. “Mommy, look at those birds! Aren’t they just beautiful?”
I had been standing, waiting on her to get out of the car and walk up to the front. While this was happening, a few nasty crows caught my eye. I cringed and almost opened my mama mouth to instruct her to stay back… Then my daughter says that. I looked back at those crows and if I tilted my head just right, they were kind of beautiful in the sun. (Call me crazy)
I felt in that really odd moment like God was showing me that His perspective can make something that I have viewed in a negative light for years change in an instant. All it takes is someone looking for the beauty in this life to notice it. We have all heard that you will usually find what you are looking for. But do we really know it? Do we fully comprehend that we can change our eternal destiny just by changing the way we think? It’s powerful, the mind. It controls us, directs us, and guides us. But we decide where.
Hebrews 12:2-3The Message (MSG)
Discipline in a Long-Distance Race
12 1-3 “Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!”
That will shoot adrenaline into your souls! That is an incredible picture!! Jesus left us countless stories and wisdom, but He also allowed us to have the Holy Spirit to be our Counselor. Another way to view this is the big, red, easy button. Going up, not down. 😇
Perspective changes can make us shift toward spiritual maturity or immaturity, based on what we have programmed our minds and hearts to believe. If we have studied God’s promises for our lives, then we will naturally become more joyful in our outlook because we know God is still on the throne, and He is for us.
An excellent list right here for improving your perspective is here: http://www.nancykaygrace.com/7-verses-to-improve-perspective/)
Another list that is very helpful to scroll down and meditate on is here: http://www.openbible.info/topics/positive_thinking