The Power of Perspective
Perspective is powerful.
If there is one thing that I have learned in this season of my life, it is that it’s not always about what you are going through, but how you choose to see it. I have always been one to ruminate over every single detail of my life, especially the challenging situations. I would sit and think and worry until I literally gave myself heartburn. This was my reality for many, many years, and to be completely honest, I never thought that I would be able to overcome it. I had been a worrier for so long, that it was hard to see myself as anything besides that. As I grew in my walk with Jesus however, slowly, I began to see a change. I would find myself choosing to think positively about different situations in my life, instead of meditating on the negative. This was not always easy to do, but the more time that I spent practicing it, the easier it became.
In this season of my life however, I found myself falling back into those same negative thought patterns. I would sit and think about everything that was wrong--I’d basically think myself into discouragement. One day, as I spent time with Jesus, I told Him that it was hard for me to see past my problems, and He revealed something to me that was profound. He reminded me that my perspective will determine my survival. In the moment, I didn’t fully understand what it meant, until He revealed to me that the way I chose to view a tough season in my life will determine whether I survive it or not. This means, if you choose to constantly meditate on the bad, or the things that could possibly go wrong, then you are bound to give up and forfeit the season. However, if you choose to meditate on the good, and hold onto hope, then you are bound to survive the season. I don’t know about you, but I want to survive this season of my life. After God gave me that revelation, I wrote it down, and I have been reading it since, reminding myself to keep the right perspective, no matter how tough things became. Yes, it has been hard to do some days, but I remind myself again on the hard days that my perspective will determine my survival.
I want to encourage you to keep the right perspective in this season. I know that there are so many of you reading who are walking through tough seasons right now. You may feel helpless, or even weary, believing the lie that things won’t ever get better. I pray that you are inspired to shift your perspective and choose to meditate on the good. See yourself winning. See yourself surviving the storm. See yourself strong. See yourself crossing the finish line. See yourself walking in your destiny. Make the decision today to take on a godly perspective about your situation. If I can do it, you can too. I never thought that I could have a healthy perspective smack dab in the middle of a hard season, but guess what? I do. I can wake up with a smile on my face. I can see hope amidst the pain. I can believe that better days are ahead. I can do these things because I chose to think about the good. I chose to magnify God instead of my problems. I chose to believe that God will do what He promised.
Everyday will not be easy, the hard days will come. But, when they do, always remember: Your perspective will determine your survival.