When you encounter a situation, what do you see? Do you see the glass half empty or the glass half full? How you perceive a matter may effect the way you respond to it. What is the proper response? I am not going to tell you the answer, because I do not know for you. I only know what I am learning — albeit very slowly.
What we see is not the entirety of a matter. We can only see from our limited perspective. We cannot know another’s heart in the matter; we don’t even know our own most of the time.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
We need to seek Him in all matters that confront us, moment by moment asking Him to see things the way He sees and respond in the way He would have us to respond. His ways are above our ways; and, they are way better!
Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
There is a lot of division and unrest in our society. There are lots of ways to divide people. I have friends who are pessimists and see calamity at every turn and others who see great opportunity in every tragedy. Which is right? You might say that both are because a watchman is called to warn people so that they might see in time to change direction; while we are all called to encourage one another even in the midst of the calamity. We certainly live in a time where we need to both warn and encourage one another. It works best when we have a word in season for one another – certainly His ways are above ours and if we are seeking Him and following His word – we may yet live to see His resolution to the matter.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
II Timothy 2:15
It is, of course, very important what we dwell on.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Here is a powerful message on the importance of our thoughts. We are challenged to think on good things for a reason! Don’t miss this most excellent video on the amazing power of your mind (about 10 mins in length) with over 3 million views at time of posting.