It’s important to consider / take an inventory of the thoughts that we allow to run around in our minds. Such thoughts can have a significant impact on our decisions & behaviors. For example, there have been many occassions where I’ve been in situations that were way beyond my skill set & I was in way over my head (sometimes in various leadership roles, sometimes in athletic competitions & often in my role as a mom). There have also been situations where I’ve felt entirely confident, secure & proficient, to the point of being over-confident, cocky & even arrogant.
What we think in our minds is extremely important & I was reminded of this lesson from reading about the woman with the issue of blood in Matthew 9:21. In this verse it says, “. . . . ‘she said in herself, if I can touch the hem of His garment, I will be healed.'” The outcome of the story is that she was healed, but her mindset was an important ingredient for her healing. Some take aways from her internal conversation:
keep your eyes on Jesus more than fear, inabilty or even talent
Here’s the honest truth: my hair is about 80% white. I inherited the premature grey gene from my dad & discovered this with my first white hair when I was about 14 years old. So lurking beneath the massively effective efforts of my amazing hair stylist are these grey roots that always seem to win over time. I could be resentful of my genetic makeup, disappointed that the grey eventually always wins or pretend that I’m a different person wearing trendy sunglasses & sporting a skunk streak ,)
Here’s my takeaways on hair dye:
accept with joy how God has made you – fearfully & wonderfully made
Proverbs says that grey hair is a sign of wisdom – sounds like a good plan
I was reading over the weekend about how Jesus healed a guy who was born blind. Before Jesus healed the guy, His disciples asked about why the guy was blind and Jesus replied that the man’s blindness was to give an opportunity for God’s glory to be seen and magnified. This is an interesting perspective: that the weaknesses we have can serve the purpose of letting God be glorified. With this mindset, it seems like we should let our weaknesses be more obvious & less obscure so that God can get the most leverage and glory from such weak areas. With this in mind, I’m starting to rethink the value of my strengths and talents, particularly as they relate for the opportunities for God to be more glorified 🙂
I had an interesting experience a few days ago with a very unhappy person. This person was extremely upset about a difficulty & she was upset beyond what the circumstances called for. I began to think about the possible reasons why she could be over reacting:
maybe she was having a rough day,
maybe there are other pressures in her life where she vents her frustrations in unrelated situations,
maybe she has some medical challenges that cause her to be easily upset
worst of all, maybe she is an angry person
There’s a difference between being angry about something & being an angry person. One is based on situations but the other is an identity. The person who finds their identity in anger brings dissension into his conversations & relationships based on Prov 29:22 & 15:18. An angry person tends to lack control over their behaviors & conversations. And an angry person, based on what Proverbs says, is a fool (29:11).
In contrast, a person who is slow to anger tends to have a better life – they have great understanding (14:29, 17:27), they’re not easily offended (they overlook offenses – 19:11), they have more self-control than an angry person and a person who is slow to anger is better than the mighty (16:32).
Let’s be angry for the right reasons (against injustices, wickedness & evil), but let’s not be angry people 🙂