This has been a word very close to my heart lately. Not the word, really. But thoroughly understanding all that it entails
The way that we see, or choose to see things is so important for our everyday walk. What I set my eyes/thoughts on is the lens from which I will see everything else in my life.
We choose our perspective.
The bible says
“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”
It urges us to renew our minds daily.
“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.”
I believe that this is very connected to constantly analyzing and adjusting our perspectives. A distorted view can rob us of so much. It can delay what God wants to do with us, in us, through us.
Your perspective determines your progress or lack thereof, It can catapult you or slow you down, add to your life or take away. It helps shape your reality and your truth.How you see the world, how joyous you are, how you love people, what you value that is all determined by how you view things.
For a while I had a really distorted outlook on the place that the Lord had put me in. This stemmed from an angry and hurt heart, from assumptions (because I am THE BEST at making up stories in my head of the things that NEVER happened or could’ve happened), pain caused by imperfect beings (just like you and I) and withheld feelings. Nevertheless my unresolved feelings got the best of me and truthfully I did not guard my heart towards the things that I knew were deeply affecting me.
This resulted in an unhealthy view; one that led me to a place that God did not lead me into, a place of bitter feelings and dishonoring thoughts towards those that He had placed in my life to honor.
This season malnourished me spiritually because I was purposely blocking off the means by which He wanted to feed me. I decided that I had enough of things and my attitude seriously STUNK.
Boy was I ONLY hurting myself.
What was I thinking?
The truth is that I could only see things through the perspective that I had adopted.
This injected poison into my body and instead of sucking the poison out I simply went back to my snake like thoughts and requested more venom, The venom that was silently killing me.
Here’s the thing…
I knew for a while that I had a problem.
I was NOT oblivious to it.
I was somewhere between cowardly and prideful and didn’t feel the need to address it… or simply didn’t “have enough energy” to. And while I thought I was perfectly fine my clouded vision wasn’t allowing me to see that I was creating a mess out of what started as a little tiny seed.
“God what do you think of these thoughts?” I never asked Him this because deep down I knew I wouldn’t like the answer.
At some point I had to decide what I wanted more… to grow, walk in the things I know He has for me or to continue feeding my little ego.
I chose to allow the YES that I had already given the Lord to ring louder… louder than any past pain, louder than any disappointment, assumptions and withheld feelings.
From then on I had to have uncomfortable conversations, apologize to some people and allow God to work in my heart. I had to challenge myself to step out of the way that I was viewing things and focus on Him, only Him.
Little by little as I took certain steps the veils that we’re blocking me from seeing things clearly started to fall before my eyes. I gained a new appreciation for where God has placed me and learned to value and be jealous over the things placed in my hands.
I learned to be ridiculously jealous over my heart, what I allow into it and the thoughts that I feed.
I’m aware of the fact that I have to be attentive to and work on controlling my urge to fill in the blanks and create huge stories out of nothing.
I am learning to stop my assuming thoughts right in their tracks, to be okay with asking questions or stating how I feel, and to always assume that people have good intentions.
Because I cannot afford to allow a damaged perspective to get in the way of my YES.
“So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from His perspective.
-Colossians 3:1-2 (MSG)
I pray that you may be jealous over your hearts, that you may check your perspectives again and again and again & make sure that you are viewing things with a healthy set of eyes. I pray that all veils placed before you are teared down in Jesus name because we were not meant to be delayed by screwed up perspectives.
Let your YES to the Lord ring louder.