Day 18: Dare to Live with a New Focus
It’s so easy to let our minds wander and linger on the negatives when there are so many positives and blessings in our life to turn our minds towards. Someone criticizes your work, you dwell on those comments all day; ultimately, affecting your performance in a negative way. Instead of rising above the criticism and seeing a new opportunity to strengthen your weak areas and improve work performance, you do the exact opposite.
What if we saw every stumble and every road block as an opportunity to learn and grow? Think about how much more we could grow and accomplish if we had the above mindset. These opportunities should be seen as God giving us another chance to make things right. He’s growing us spiritually in our faith and dependence on Him. We cannot let every detour in our path throw us off course. Fix your eyes on the One who is in control of your outcome and trust Him to lead and guide you through.
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
“I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. I will glory in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together. I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.”
“fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
“Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”