We are going to take a break from our regular series “Don’t be a Knothead.” I want to share with you some thoughts that have been on my heart. We will get back on track with Psalms 1:1-3 next week.
I have been mediating on people’s perspective of themselves and how that affects their daily life. To illustrate what I am talking about, let me ask you a question. Who knows someone, or maybe even ourselves if we are completely honest, that every time you see them they are down and depressed about what is going on in their life? They never have anything positive to say and the only thing they know how to do is complain about how they feel.
What got me thinking on this subject were the posts I was reading on Facebook. What I began to notice were the negative comments people were writing about themselves and others. They never seem to have anything good to say or nothing good ever happens to them. Their outlook on life is negative. They were basing their hope on their feelings and they can’t see things getting better. What happens when we have this mind-set is our situation never changes and things don’t get better for because we accept our current circumstance as permanent.
A few Biblical examples -Elijah when he was hiding from Jezebel and flees to the mountain cave. He is so focused on his situation he thinks he is the only person that is still being faithful to God. He had just come from a mountain top experience where he saw God win a great victory on his behalf, yet he quickly forgets because of his current situation. Because his current situation wasn’t so good, he was giving up on his hope. When we find ourselves in this situation, we have to stop and remember God is still in control and as long as He is in control, we will always have hope things will get better. God tells us all things work together for good to them that love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).
Another example is the man at the Gate Beautiful in Acts 3. There is a lame man sitting at the gate begging for money. He has accepted his situation isn’t going to change and he is just looking to get enough to get through the day. That is the attitude of so many today, if we can just make it until tomorrow. We are not looking for our situation to change we are just looking to make it one more day. Notice what Peter said to him, “Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” He didn’t give the man a way to exist in his situation; he gave him the hope to overcome it. This is what God wants to do in our lives today. He doesn’t want us focused on the negative, He wants us hoping for and looking to the promises.
I want to leave you with two scriptures we have to understand to overcome this defeated mentality. Proverbs 23:7 says, “As he thinketh in his heart, so is he…” In other words how you think about yourself in your heart is how you will be. If you continually focus on the negative stuff, then you will have a defeated mentality and a negative disposition. If you focus on the good positive things then your outlook is going to be one full of hope and promise. The other scripture is found in Philippians 4:8. Paul tells us we should focus on things that are true, honest, pure, just, lovely, positive, virtuous and praiseworthy. He says if we focus on these things and do these things then the God of peace will be with us. The Lord has given us the gift of life and wants us to live it abundantly, but it is up to us how we look at it.
Where is your focus at-on the negative or the positive? Until next week be blessed and be a blessing.
By Dustin Wilds