Confession: One of the habits I had to change in myself daily was looking for a problem. I was guilty of “Eeyore” syndrome: always finding some fault, something to fix, someone to accuse, some issue to resolve, some problem to correct. I really didn’t notice it until I started REALLY pursuing a life in holiness.
Then. I realized that MOST conversations I had regularly were pretty negative on my end AND on the other person’s end, too! It really hit me when I started to notice it in my kids—that they were picking up the negativity of the adults in their lives and digging in. The Holy Ghost really WILL guide you into some truth, okay?
So I stopped talking so much. And I started to limit what I watched and listened to and read. And I started looking for the GOOD thing—cuz there is ALWAYS at least one good thing. Like, I didn’t die today, so today is the BEST DAY EVER! I had coffee today, so this day ROCKS! You have to write a paper? Whelp! At least you don’t have math homework, too! You have 4 social studies questions? What an awesome topic—remember you’ve already read books about that! You failed the test? But look! You got this whole section correct so you definitely know how to do THIS much! Your friend was talking about you behind your back? It hurts but it’s okay! God let you see that so you could be safe! The hurt will pass. You’re making space for real friends! It sounds lame sure, but to intentionally touch gratitude—to look for the blessing in the bull, the joy in the jerking around? It forces a change in perspective. You know, that:
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
Philippians 4:8 KJV
We get to choose each day how we will experience it. The world conditions us to be negative, to meet every positive with the statement “See, the problem is…” without taking in the blessing already present. But the word of God tells us not to be “conformed to this world—to be transformed by the renewing of our minds”. I encourage you today to begin to pause and replace the problem with a position of praise and possibility. Watch God do exceedingly and abundantly above all you ask or think after you change your thinking!
Change your thinking. Change your life.