Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. – Colossians 3:2 (ESV)
Now that we’re halfway through this year let’s make sure that our perspective is on things above and not of this world. Everything you’re going through has a greater meaning beyond what you see. When your focus is on the things of this world the enemy can use what you see to distract and detour you. Although we know that everything is working for our good (Romans 8:28), at times it gets hard to see pass what we see and look at things through the eyes of God.
Instead of focusing on your current circumstances, be encouraged and shift your focus to how it’s working for you. Tired of being single? Know that God is pruning and molding you so that He can be glorified in your future union. Working at a job you hate? God is using this season to reveal to you that He is your source and that no matter what your supervisors or co-workers think, say or do He opens and closes the doors in your life.
You can’t get to the palace without going through the pit. You can’t get to the promise land without wandering through the wilderness. God qualifies you for your purpose through your experiences. Moses wasn’t chosen to be God’s mouth piece because he was a wonderful speaker (he was actually the opposite). God chose Him because he lived in the wilderness as a wanderer and had a love for God’s people that qualified him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.
Therefore, everything that you’re going through is qualifying you for what God has for you. The good, bad and ugly are all working for you in the long run. It doesn’t end here. So before you give up and forfeit everything that God has planned for you, ask yourself what are you focusing on? If you’re only focusing on the negative then it’s easy for the enemy to come in and discourage you. As a former athlete I’ve always heard the motivational quotes “win or lose it’s all in your head.” The point is, if you’ve already given up mentally then you’ve already lost. (Proverbs 23:7, Luke 6:45)
So before you allow the enemy to tap dance in your head and play racket-ball with your thoughts, know that he is nothing but a liar. He wants you to think that God doesn’t love you, that He’s forgotten about you, that you will never amount to anything or that this is as good as it gets. He knows that if you stand firm and trust God in the midst of everything you’re going through that you’re going to be victorious. He knows that with God on your side there is nothing you won’t be able to do.
So shift your focus back to God and know that He is with you and always will be. Your perspective is imperative to your success. So instead of focusing on your current situation, shift your focus to how it’s working for you and how much stronger and wiser you’re going to be at the conclusion of this chapter. Your story isn’t ending, it’s only just beginning.
Peace and love.
I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. – Psalm 16:8 (NIV)
But my eyes are toward you, O GOD, my Lord; in you I seek refuge; leave me not defenseless! – Psalm 141:8 (ESV)