Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. ~Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)
Don’t change yourselves to be like the people of this world, but let God change you inside with a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to understand and accept what God wants for you. You will be able to know what is good and pleasing to Him and what is perfect. ~Romans 12:2 (ERV)
I am a full-out perfectionist, and so I naturally tend to look at the negative aspects of everything–and I mean everything. But 2019 has been and hopefully will continue to be a year of dramatic change for me. I’ve started to experience the joy that positivity brings, and let me tell you that it is so much better than the worries that the “what if”s bring!
Say we were running a few minutes late for church. The old me would have stared at the clock for the entire car ride as if that were going to magically make us arrive on time. The old me would have been very stressed out about it. But you know what? That doesn’t change anything. There quite possibly could have been an accident that was avoided because someone took a few extra minutes in the shower. Maybe all the delays that seemed to make the world fall apart were actually God’s way of protecting us.
When I found out that my gold PVSA medal was taken away and instead I was given the silver (as mentioned a few posts ago), I could have cried and thrown myself a pity party. And while I honestly kind of did, I didn’t continue to be sad about it but instead I viewed it as a lesson from God. He commands us to set our hearts on things above, not on the things of this world! I chose to be positive about it because there was absolutely nothing I could’ve done to get the gold at that point. I just had to be happy with what I got and move on.
This week was a hard one because I just did not feel like doing schoolwork. I was tired and I was stressed. But instead of procrastinating a ton and falling even more behind I just put some music on and pushed through. I didn’t let myself get weighed down with the negative (I’m “failing” science, I couldn’t remember any of my Spanish vocab words, I have an important speech due next week) but instead looked at the positive (my God gives me the strength to get through, I am privileged to have a good, Christian education, and I understand the law of conservation of momentum–lol). I had a very successful week because I changed my mindset.
So in short, perspective is everything! You can choose to be upset, angry, stressed, whatever–but being positive brings joy. Every time I thought something negative, I prayed that God would show me the positive. And He did. I’m beginning to think how God thinks and see how perfect His plan is. Because I “let God change me inside with a new way of thinking,” God has opened my eyes to see beyond the temporary and into the eternal. I’m beginning to see what is good and pleasing to Him and what is perfect. Positivity brings you closer to God, gives you joy, and sets you free!