A valuable lesson that comes with life experience is that we have control to our reaction. No matter what we go through in life and no matter what may come our way, we have control to how we react to it. It is completely up to us on how we see a negative situation. We can look at a problem as a challenge that has to be overcome or we can look at a problem and allow it to steal our joy and peace and make us worry about it and even fear it. That is why we have to keep our hearts as the Bible says and not allow any negativity to infiltrate our being and tempt us to answer any trial or setback with worry, trepidation or fear. We must remember Whose we are and stand strong in our faith knowing that God is on our side and everything that comes our way has a solution to it. (Proverbs 4:20-27) (Hebrews 13:6)
I encourage you to have a proper perspective when a trial or challenge comes your way. Remember that you have the ability to stay in peace and not lose your peace. Don't worry about the trial, don't fear the uncertainty, but with an unwavering confidence face it with a deep and assured knowing that you will become better, wiser and stronger after that trial than you were before it. The Lord is able to do extraordinary things with our life when we have confidence in Him. Just as God showed Himself strong on behalf of the men and women in the Bible who put their trust in Him, so will He do the same with us throughout our lifetime. (Ephesians 3:20-21) (Psalm 18:2-6)
Let us be living witnesses to the awesomeness of the Lord. Let us be bold in our faith, let us be confident in God who has promised to never leave us nor forsake us and let us remember what the Bible declares in 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (Hebrews 13:5)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to see that you have a choice in how you react to any situation.
THE WAY WE SEE IT
The eye doctor instructed her patient to read a chart on the wall. He looked at it and read, “A, B, F, N, L and G.”
The doctor turned the light back on and wrote in her notebook.
“How'd I do, Doc?” the patient wondered.
She replied, “Let's put it this way -- they're numbers.”
“But Doc,” he argued, “this is the way I see it!”
Much of our happiness or unhappiness is a result of our perception. “This is the way I see it,” we say, at least to ourselves.
A problem can be a challenge that energizes me to action or an obstacle that stops further progress. “This is the way I see it.”
A new situation can be fearful or fun. “This is the way I see it.”
A busy day can be cause for gladness that life is full and useful, or it can be a reason for me to complain. “This is the way I see it.”
An unexpected intrusion can be a source of irritation that my agenda was interrupted, or it can quite possibly be the most important thing I encounter that day. “This is the way I see it.”
An error can be the beginning of a new learning or an occasion to berate myself. “This is the way I see it.”
Holidays can be times of anxiety and stress or times to seek solitude and contentment. “This is the way I see it.”
It's not always about what is happening to me -- it's about the way I see it.
Marcel Proust observed that “the real voyage of discovery lies not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” It's the way we see it.
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Joshua 1:9 “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
Psalm 34:1-4 “I will bless the LORD at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together. I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”
Isaiah 40:28-29 “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of His understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increaseth strength.”
Psalm 34:17-19 “The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.”
Proverbs 17:22 “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”
Psalm 100:1-4 “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before His presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD He is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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In Christ’s Service,
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