Hello! How is everyone? How is your week going? Are you looking forward to this holiday weekend? Are you looking forward to either going away or spending time catching up on things around the house? Maybe, spend time with friends and family? I can’t believe it is already the end of May. It really does seem like yesterday when I was complaining about the snow. Sadly, I know I will probably complain about the heat when it comes (and it will be here much sooner than later).
I don’t know about you, but, these last few months have been exceptionally challenging for me. When life happens, the situations or circumstances can be very draining-not just in the body, but in the soul and spirit as well. The problem then becomes how our mind operates. We can obsess over whatever is going and that can affect our mind and emotions. One can become negative in a millisecond-but, it can last for hours, or days, or months…and for some–years. Also, our focus becomes self and no longer on God. And…it affects our attitude and other people’s perception of us. In other words, if we are thinking negative, we project negativity to others. So, what do we do? We have to change our thinking and renew our minds with God’s word. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Hebrews 12:2) By changing our thinking, we will change our behavior. “Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” (1 Peter 13-16)
When we start renewing our mind and replace our thinking we start to look at other people differently. “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:3-4) We get to change ourselves and conform more and more into God’s image when we start to focus on things that are true and right versus what we PERCEIVE things are. One is in perception, but the other becomes our reality because the goodness of God and everything He has to offer is a reality.“And they sent their disciples to Him along with the Herodians, saying, Teacher, we know that You are sincere and what You profess to be and that You teach the way of God truthfully, regardless of consequences and being afraid of no man; for You are impartial and do not regard either the person or the position of anyone.” (Matthew 22:16)
As you walk Every Day With Grace, it is my prayer that together, with God, we change our focus and start to dwell on those things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely and good repute so that we see ourselves in the reality of God instead of the vain imaginations that try to lie to us. “Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality. “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.20 “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:9-21)