Change the way you look at things


Wayne Dyer wrote, “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”  This is not some theory in my life.  It has become a principle that has changed my life and how I view it.  I can remember when we first moved back from Oklahoma, and I put my kids in public school for the first time.  I had the hardest time seeing anything good about the school.  I criticized every little thing I didn’t think lined up with my belief systems about what their educational experience should look like.  I’m not sure at what point I changed the way I viewed the school, but I do know that when I did, the school suddenly became the one of the greatest blessings in my children’s lives.  The greatest teachers.  The greatest experiences.

Did the school itself change?  No.  The way I viewed the school did.  We will find and get whatever we are looking for.   We can either see ourselves as a victim in our world or as a creator in it.  And, the truth is that we are creators of our world.

Every once in a while, I find myself sinking into the habit of allowing things to frustrate me.  I focus on what I think is wrong with my world.  I become a victim to what’s wrong in my world.  The only way to overcome this and change the way I look at my world is to do what Paul said in 2 Corinthians 10:5:  Take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.  If a thought is not producing life in you, acknowledge it, and replace it with a thought that does produce life.  I have to do this in big things as well as little things.

For example, little thoughts that do not produce life in my life:

That thing or things that is wrong with my house.  The underwear my husband dropped on the floor only two feet from the laundry basket.  That list that isn’t getting done.  That commitment I wish I had not made.  The longer drive into the office.

Small things?  Yes.  It’s the little foxes that spoil the vine.  And, it’s these thoughts that do not produce life in me.  But, when I begin to redirect my thoughts to what is good….

A house that is warm, providing shelter for my family and memories for my children.  A husband who works hard and loves his family with every fiber of his being.  The list of things that are done.  The opportunity to do things for others and serve.  A reliable car that is paid for and gets me where I need to be.

Then, I create a world that is happy, content, and full of life.  And, those other things I view as not right, somehow, magically, just fix themselves.  Or, perhaps, I see them differently.  And, I see truth instead. Ω

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