It is easy to focus on what is wrong. It is easy to be critical and pass judgement. It is easy, because it takes the attention off of ourselves.
There will always be plenty of things in this life to distract, discourage and frustrate us. And if we are not careful, those little things will begin to be our focus and blind us to anything else, especially good things.
Can you relate to having “blinders” on? Blinders were used for horses to help them focus on what was directly in front of them and not be distracted by anything else going on around them.
Do we sometimes have blinders on, allowing us to only see certain things? What are your blinders allowing you to see? Are you seeing the good things in life and focusing on them, or are you only seeing the bad things?
If we want to change out our blinders and have a different perspective on life, it will take concentrated effort and re-training. If we notice negative things more often than seeing the good, it will take some time for you to change what you see first.
As Christians, we are called to live like Jesus, but to also love like Jesus. And He never looked into the eyes of a person He was not head over heals, crazy in love with! When He looked at the prostitutes, sinners, tax collectors, etc., He did not see them in their sin, He saw them as precious children.
How much better would our lives be if the first thing we saw in a person or a situation was something good and wonderful? What if our default thought process was celebrating the good in what we see and experience? In a world filled with darkness and struggle, how much power would be released if we looked at people and situations FIRST through the lens Jesus looked through?
I don’t think it matters where we see good, or from what people we see good things from. I think we need to celebrate ANY good thing. If it is a Christian or not, if it is on purpose or not. If it is different church or yours. It does not matter where the goodness of God comes from, let’s celebrate it together!
Negativity is poison, but positivity is life! I leave you with two things:
Find some good and celebrate it!
Make some good happen!
When we do these things, hope is released. And hope is the inspiration for better things to come for each and every one of us.
Proverbs 13:12- “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.”