I like to read blogs. There are a few I follow (some what) regularly. Today, James Altucher posted his blog titled, 7 Shitty Things I will Think Today. Well, it’s certainly a title that captures your attention.
Here is a quick run-down if you don’t feel like reading it: 1) the grass is greener on the other side 2) fear 3) regrets about the past 4) worries about the future 5) wanting to be loved & respected 6) judgment 7) misery
Be honest. Many days you feel these things. Some days you feel all of these things…in about one hour’s time. Our mind is incredible. God has given us the ability to think, reason, and feel all at the same time. And, especially if you are an introvert, it is difficult to shut your mind off. We try to tell ourselves to stop it. And it works about as well as telling your 2 year old he cannot have a cookie before dinner. Tantrums ensue within the mind!
But I have learned (I am learning) we do not need to live this way. God has a better plan. God has a better plan for you, not just me or your friend or your neighbor. He wants more for you. He wants better for you. He wants you to enjoy the grass on this side of the fence. He wants confidence instead of fear, peace instead of worry, mercy instead of judgment. He offers us love and acceptance, and joy instead of misery.
We come to the Cross of Christ to receive forgiveness and salvation. Often those are the only blessings we allow Him to give us. And we find in a short time that we are worse off now that we are following Christ. We are in a worse position because we think there should have been so much more.
Here is the good news…there is more! But we must allow Christ to deal with our baggage. We have brought all of our junk with us, packed it in the trunk, and we are hauling it through life. Jesus wants to deal with our stuff!
St Paul says it this way, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
Be transformed. It means we allow God to change our mind. Change the way we think. Change our perspective. Change what we put into our minds and heart. Have you changed what you take in? Are you still listening to music that tells you you’re worthless? Are you watching TV programs that affirm negative attitudes? Are you reading blogs that produce fear and worry in your heart?
Are you focusing on God’s ways? Are you spending time in God’ presence? Are you hanging around people who are Christ-honoring? Are you making friends with people who love and value you as a child of God? Are you reading His Word?
Today, if you are in Christ, the grass is greenest on your side of the fence. Take heart! Christ has overcome the world.
Keep fighting the good fight of faith!