That doesn't seem like it would be too difficult, right?
Have you ever found yourself at a point in your life where you are able to find the negative in just about every situation? Maybe you point a finger at someone else for not living up to your expectations or making decisions that you would make. Maybe you find fault in your current situation for reasons beyond anyone's control, or maybe for reasons that ARE in someone's control.
Or maybe you're at the other end of the finger pointing, tired of feeling like you have let someone down or tired of feeling scrutinized. And it's easy to get angry, resentful, suspicious and just plain negative.
And the dirty truth is, if you spend the majority of your day finding fault in everyone else - it's probably time to turn the mirror around on yourself.
I've been going through some waves of this lately - you all know I like to keep it real here on my blog, so I try to share myself with you. I am not a perfect wife, mother or pastor's wife. We are not a perfect family, we make mistakes but we work hard at loving each other, at serving our church and most of all, honoring God.
And the moments in my life where I find that I'm the most negative or unhappy about my situation, it's usually because I've gotten lazy in my relationship with God. I've lost sight of the one thing that is SO important to remember - keeping my gaze focused on God blocks out the rest of the junk. That's eloquently stated, right?
I recently came across a similar sentiment online, perhaps more nicely put:
"What God knows about me is infinitely more important than what others think about me"
You can substitute other things in there - "What God knows about my children is infinitely more important than what others think about them." Or, "What God knows about my husband is infinitely more important than what others think about him..."
Want to make it basic? What God knows about YOU and your story is all that matters.
That's the end of it. What God knows IS what's important. How am I sharing my heart with Him consistently? How am I striving to grow and to rely on Him, to press into Him, to block out the noisy chatter all around me?
It's too easy to fall into the trap of feeling like you're not enough, you don't have enough, you can't ever BE enough...
And I don't know about you, but when those kind of thoughts creep into my mind (and they do, oh they do) I suddenly start to feel very cranky about myself and those around me.
But if I wake up with a heart full of gratitude and fixed towards Him, focusing on what I know to be true - that what He knows about me is the most important - I can't help but to feel a more positive outlook. A weight lifted off my shoulders. What happens in my life is between me and Him. End of story.
It doesn't matter what the outside influences whisper in our ears.
Keep your gaze fixed on him.
"...never will I leave you, never will I forsake you..."