Unless we feel assured of a safe or secure outcome we often times enter into our circumstances with the wrong perspective.
Our daily lives are filled with challenges. It starts the moment we fight the alarm clock prompting us out of our comfortable and warm bed and it proceeds into moments of bickering with a friend, spouse, child or co-worker, then into morning road rage, and then onto the challenging boss or client, on and on the challenges come, seemingly endless. We bear through the minor ones and move on, but the bigger ones at times leave a dent in our confidence and attitude and linger in our spirit. How do we avoid this trap?
Let’s start with our outlook. Do we dread the day or do we embrace the day? Do we start the day with excited anticipation or do we instead create a mental task list of the challenges we will face. Do we anticipate those challenges with an attitude of victory or do we instead yield to the belief of defeat? Do we rise with energy believing we have an awesome day before us no matter the circumstance, or do we instead squelch the excitement with a yawn of dread?
We have a spirit within us that will enable us to embrace each challenge with joy and victory. We have a spirit within us that is longing for us to face our day as if we are standing on a mountaintop looking down in victory over our clouds of circumstances. We have a spirit within us that is saying to us “Draw in to me, rest in me, and trust in me, and I will show you the way.”
This Spirit, is our Lord God. The Creator of the Earth. The One who has created you and me and who is calling us onto him. He is asking us if we are tired of doing things our way. Tired of being alone in our battles. Tired of defeat. Tired of running this marathon life at full speed without the finish line in sight. He is waiting for us to say “I’m done with my way, let’s try it your way.”
“Come to me, all those toiling and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) We have heard this verse, this invitation, hundreds of times. We have also heard this: “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even say to to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen.” (Matthew 21:21) Some of us hear these verses, but we don’t believe them. Some of us hear them, but don’t receive them. Either way, we are stuck helpless in our own circumstances. Others hear these words and receive them, recite them, believe them, and live them. These fortunate ones are either working towards the mountaintop or living at the mountaintop. Your perception and your reception of these verses will directly effect your circumstances and your life. Do you want out of the trap? Don’t look at your circumstances, instead look to your Lord.