It’s all about perspective. Two people can have the same circumstances and yet they can see the situation differently. We get to decide how we want to look at things. I choose to see things with compassion and gratitude.
I could look at my left hand and weep for the fingers that I am missing. But I choose to see my hand with a grateful heart. I am so thankful for my one finger and thumb on my left hand. And for all the things I am able to do with my hand. Someone, however, with a normal hand might see my hand with pity. While someone without a hand might see my hand as a blessing. It is all in how we decide to perceive it.
Anytime we focus on our hardships, then we magnify them. The same is true, however, for our blessings. We need to be so careful with our thoughts. If we look the right way, we can always see some good in our days. Complaining about our life is one of our greatest addictions. At any time, however, we can change this about ourselves. We can choose to never complain again. We can ask God to give us the right perspective on every situation. And learn to be truly grateful for our lives.
So often we allow others to control the way we see our life and our world. The news is filled with doom and gloom. Some people love the attention of being dramatic. They thrive on the fear of others. When we become fearful, then the enemy wins. I have turned off the noise. I don’t even have a television in my living room. I don’t watch the news or absorb the negativity from other people fighting constantly. Instead, I read encouraging books, listen to podcasts, and read my bible and pray. And, I try to give everyone the benefit of the doubt.
This is our lives, dear friends. God gave us all the freedom of choice. Therefore, we get to choose what we want our lives to be like. If you are miserable, then it doesn’t have to be that way. Don’t allow the things of the world to steal your peace. God is in control. He loves us unconditionally. Choose to see the good. Look for it at every moment. And then thank Him for it. I love the days when my gratitude is so great that it bubbles up inside of me and pours onto others.
We can be a light or a stumbling block. But we can’t be both. We can complain about everything or we can praise the Lord. We can’t, however, do both. The good news is that we get to decide which one that we will be. What kind of person do you want to be?
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