I learned a wonderful word yesterday – Perspectacles – it was from a wonderful, delightful blog about how one mom changed her perspective about her kitchen.
A way of regarding situations, facts, etc, and judging their relative importance.
So the last couple of months I’ve had a really crummy attitude…you may or may not have noticed. I have learned over the years that I don’t always have to share my thoughts. In fact, being the introvert that I am, I tend to keep many of my thoughts to myself. Besides, keeps me out of a lot of trouble…but I digress….you may or may not have noticed.
So this crummy attitude…can you relate?
#1 Negative/critical – towards others, towards myself…about EVERYTHING!
#2 Apathy/discouragement – really, why try at all – NO ONE ELSE IS?!? (see #1)
#3 Arrogance/prideful – look at all I’m doing and you’re not! Am I the only one who cares?? (see #1)
And the worst part is…that it is not for lack of quiet time, Bible reading and prayer. I do this…most days…and yet, here I was…trapped in a vicious cycle.
So God, in His love for me sent an angel. Just kidding…just wanted to see if you were paying attention. But seriously…he opened my eyes and my heart. I came across several articles and a couple of Bible verses that hit me square in the middle of the forehead.
These problems – they are of your own making.
Yep…you suck once again (still being critical of self)
But guess what – being of your own making – you can make changes YOU DON’T HAVE TO LIVE THIS WAY!
You see…this is a road I’ve been down before…full of bitterness, pain and dread…and frankly, it’s headed towards burnout and collapse. Seriously, who wants that? Not me…I want a life full of love, joy, peace…I want the Fruits of the Spirit!
So…I fell to my knees.
I confessed my sin.
I asked for help.
I prayed, cried and surrendered.
I thanked God for open eyes.
I thanked God for my new Perspectacles
Now I’m on the road to recovery…focusing first on God…his plans and purposes for me…seeking His Kingdom first. Then I continue to study, be quiet and pray. Then, rather than be critical of my failure, I recognize it as part of my journey…a component of refinement. And finally, I have made changes to my lifestyle…who I’m talking to, how I spend my time, boundaries and most importantly, my perspective.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
God Bless – DM