You are what you think.
I’m sure you’ve heard this quote many times. It’s a short and sweet statement that packs a punch. Amiright?
There is a lot of truth, we are what we think. Our thought life directions our lives. If you are wrapped in your childhood pain, you may find it hard to trust people as adults. If you have been hurt by a fallen pastor, you find still trust another pastor. If you have been hurt by gossip, you think critically of those who’ve spoken badly behind your back. If you’ve suffered long-term financial hardships, you start to think that things will never get better. If you’ve had sickness after sickness, you believe you will never be healthy again.
In any situation you are looking for the negative, you are looking at how can things fall apart. You justify why you won’t be positive about any given situation. You are prone to the practical side of things.
I know, I’ve been there. I’ve been hurt. I’ve been sick. I’ve gossiped about. I’ve seen the hard financial times. I’ve seen everyone around me succeed while it felt like our family was stuck in a downward cyclone of hard circumstances. I’ve felt that overwhelming feeling of life.
The hard knocks in life have directed my thought life.
But I decided it was time to get control of this way of thinking. My negative thoughts were taking over.
The biggest problem with this way of thinking is that it breeds a heart of discontent. An unholy habit.
How do you change this habit?
Contentment begins with an eternal perspective. -Linda Dillow
According to Webster’s dictionary, perspective is looking through; looking clearly; the capacity to view things in their true relation to relative importance. It’s simply the way we see things. An eternal perspective is God’s way of seeing things.
When we have God’s perspective, we view our lives and evaluate what is importnat from His view-point. p. 12
Eternal perspective will have you asking yourself, how can God be glorified in this situation, what is God teaching me, how can I grow during this time?
Eternal perspective gives you a positive look on life. You can be content with whatever God brings your way.
This happens on the inside, it’s a decision we make in our heart. Therefore, contentment is a heart matter.
Most of us base our contentment on our circumstances, on our feelings, or on other people. However, true contentment is separate from our circumstances. Contentment is a state of the heart, not a state of affairs. p. 13
Do you know why I have the hardest time with this simple truth? Because I have control issues. So do you.
Anxiety can get a foothold in your life in the areas where you have no control.
And that my friend is at the center of anxiety. That is why you cannot get control over it’s rippling effect in your life.
You have to get control over the problem the symptoms it produces.
It’s time to accept each situation God brings into life. It’s time to accept that you can’t control them or their outcome. It’s time to stop complaining about them and trying to change them. It’s time to stop trying to help God out by coming up with our own solutions. God doesn’t need our help, He has everything under His control.
It’s our “helping God out” that leads to an anxious heart. When we take over and try to control what happens, we take our focus off the One who is in control and put our eyes on our circumstances. p16
Friend, God is going to bring whatever He deems good for you into our life. Whether it be sick a baby, a sick husband, wounds from others, or financial problems. It’s in your acceptance and contentment during each season throughout life that you will have victory over anxiety.
Trust the Father. Be contentment. Get victory. Change the way you think, change the way you live.