I analyze things a lot. Situations. Relationships. The group I work with. I am never satisfied with the status quo. That does not mean that I am not content with Christ and who he is, I am just not content to remain where am I in my relationship with Him or others. I want to be better. Today, I want to be better than yesterday. I don’t just want myself to be better. I want others to want to be better. Status quo is not good enough. We can do better. As soon as we become comfortable with life as is, we will stop exploring what God has for our future. We will settle into a rut.
Some of you are like me in that you analyze things all the time. Some of you analyze situations, people, and groups far better than I do. What I’ve found is that in analyzing, we go to what my buddy Kent calls default mode. We naturally look at situations and find what is wrong with them. Our eyes focus on what is bad, what is dark, what is in the shadows. I think we need to address those things yes, but a lot of times, we miss what is in the light. We miss what is good because we are so buy looking at what isn’t. Our minds obsess over what could be and what should be, but we rarely step back and celebrate the good things.
This is something I’m working on. Focus on the good things that are happening and celebrate those. Talk about them. Stay positive. Zig Ziglar calls the negative, critical mindset, “Garbage dump thinking.” We put garbage in our minds again and again, and pretty soon our attitudes will be stinking up the whole room.
Our words can create new worlds for other people. That is why God gave gifts like encouragement, preaching, and teaching. That worlds would be changed through the spoken word. I believe in the spoken word. That is why I love to preach. I believe preaching is of God and it changes lives. I believe that when we focus on the good things, people can “set their mind on things above” as the Apostle Paul would say. It is tough to set our minds on things above when we are always talking about how bad we are.
If this is you like me, it is time to re-evaluate reality.
I got the following from Elevation Church in a Steven Furtick sermon. Focus on these this week.
1.I am fully forgiven and free from all shame and condemnation.
2. I act in audacious faith to change the world in my generation.
3. I have no fear or anxiety. I trust in the LORD with all my heart.
4. I am able to fulfill the calling God has placed on my life.
5. I am fully funded to do everything God has called me to do.
6. I have no insecurity because I see myself the way God sees me.
7. I am a faithful spouse and a godly parent. Our family is blessed.
8. I am completely whole physically, mentally, and emotionally.
9. I am increasing in influence and favor for the kingdom of God.
10. I am enabled to walk in the sacrificial love of Christ.
11. I have the wisdom of the LORD concerning every decision I make.
12. I am protected from all harm and evil in Jesus name.
Keep your eyes on the light.