By: Tanya Stayton
Today is Memorial Day! I was so hoping that I would get to spend some time with my children but they had different plans for today. At first I was disappointed and a little sad but then remembered something my son said to me yesterday, Mom we should always try to look for the good in things and stop looking at the negative.
We tend to look at the things around us from a negative point of view so many times, but if we would just stop for a moment look at the situation and find the good in it we would be so much happier. I went to the grocery store today and the cashier asked me how my day was going. At first I started to tell him how my children couldn’t come for supper today, but then again I remembered “look for the good in things mom”. So l said to the cashier that I was having a wonderful day and that I was hoping to see my children but things didn’t work out. However I am so thankful that my children and my grandchildren are alive and well and that we had so much to be thankful for.
Thinking about that made me realize that even though they could not come today it was very trivial compared to the fact that they were alive and well and I had so much to celebrate and be thankful for. So many times we look at our circumstances and we feel sorry for ourselves or we complain or find fault because we are in that situation but sometimes God takes the situation we are in to bring growth in our lives and to point us toward him . Jesus has given us power and authority over our circumstances and yet we tend to allow our circumstances to rule us.
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
(1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Things that happen in life are not to get us down or to rule us but they are to help us grow. In order for that to growth to occur, we first have to get the right mentality. We cannot continue to live with an old man mentality. The old man is always looking for the negative; the old man-always looks at circumstances however the new man is the God man in us and we want to look at things like Christ would look at them. That’s not always easy because we have been so programmed to look at what’s around us . We forget that we are not of this kingdom that we are from a different kingdom.
For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves (Colossians 1:13)
So if we have been rescued out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God then our whole way of thinking has to change. We can no longer look at the things that are around us to make decisions we must look at the Word of God for we now live under a new set of rules. We are no longer under the law but we are under grace. Grace which means that we are to be like God, so maybe we should continue to say what would Jesus do in this circumstance instead of complaining and finding fault with so many things we see. For instance let’s just say you got up this morning and things just seem to be going wrong and the next thing you know out of your mouth you say well I can tell what kind of day this is going to be. Instead of allowing the circumstance to rule the day you’ve been given power and authority over your own day so why don’t you speak into existence the day you would like to have and look for the good in it. What does Jesus have to say about your situation? If we look hard enough we can find the negative in anything but if we look again and look through clear eyes then we can see the and the good, we can see what Jesus has to say about situations. As long as we look at things through an old man mentality we will never walk in the new man mentality. The old man sees failure. The old man sees impossibilities but the new man see success and sees that all things are possible for God (Mark 10:27).
As long as we see through the eyes of the old man and do as the old man does we will never walk in victory in our life and we will never see God’s best for us because we will always be looking back. It is important that we renew the spirit of our mind daily with the Word of God. Iit is important that we take on the character and the ways of God. We are his body and He is the head. The head does not go around bodiless and the body does not go around headless so therefore we are one with Him. His ways are to be our ways, his thoughts our thoughts. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that God spoke negatively or neither did we see Jesus speak negatively, or the Holy Spirit, so that should tell us that we need to change our way of thinking. We need to learn to look for the good and for the positive in every situation. I’m not saying it will happen overnight but I am saying we strive to be like Jesus and he will change our way of thinking. We need to renew our minds with the Word of God and we will begin to strengthen our new man.
So I would like to challenge each and every one of you today when things go wrong or someone says something to upset you or it just seems that your day is starting out all wrong look for the good. Look for the positive fun fact and be thankful for that. Today many families remember their loved ones that died in the wars before but they can be thankful for the family they still have. Let’s be thankful not for the things that are going right, let’s be thankful not for being sick but that Jesus is our healer and he is the same yesterday today and forever. Let’s be thankful not because we didn’t get to spend time with family or friends today but let’s be thankful that we have family and friends. We are such a blessed people. We have so much to be thankful for. We are alive and we have been blessed with another day to bless someone else with the opportunity to share Gods love. Each day is a choice; Life or Death? Positive or Negative? Blessings or Curses? Choose Life and Enjoy the day the Lord has made. REJOICE and BE GLAD in it. Psalm 32:11