Now get your head out of the gutter! LOL I’m talking about PERCEPTION. What if what you think is SO BIG is really so small? When you think about your problems, your heartaches, or that thing that made you angry, frustrated, or vengeful, you may tend to get all worked up. You may analyze it (a few times), stress over it, worry about it, and a few hours, days, months, or even years later, you have put so much emphasis on it–assigned so much time and energy to it–that you have
allowed it to change you.
Or, take for instance, $1000. Yes, $1000 is significant, but it’s not really a lot of money. Plenty of folks would be happy if they won, or were gifted, $1000. They would plan what they would do with it–go on a vacation, pay off or get caught up on bills, save it, go on a shopping spree. It could certainly make a difference in their lives, it would certainly be a blessing. But, is this all you expect from God, Our Most High God? Is this all you expect from yourself?
Or, what if your power was turned off because you didn’t have the money to pay the bill? Yes, this is important. Yes, this may hurt your pride or your feelings. You need electricity to cook, run the dishwasher, wash and dry laundry, to have lights so the kids can do homework…. But what if this is really small in the grand scheme of things? What if this is an opportunity for you to learn money management or time management? What if this is an opportunity for you to stretch your problem solving skills? What if this is an opportunity for you to launch that new business idea and bring in more money to your household? What if it’s an opportunity for you and your spouse to finally work together to get the bills paid? What if this is a chance to bond with your kids over candlelight the way “they did” back in the day? What if your power getting cut off was God’s grace and mercy because the electrical storm that came while your power was out would have destroyed your home, but God let it pass you by?
You just don’t know.
But, the tendency is to think small, get caught up in the moment, get caught up in your feelings, react based on those feelings, focus on those feelings, and let the present circumstances affect the way you think. And what you end up thinking about the problem is “This is HUGE,” when in fact it’s not. God is HUGE. There’s nothing bigger than Him. But folks tend to make things–good or bad–bigger than Him in their lives.
So, what would happen if you actually started to think differently? What would happen if you changed your perception of things and trained yourself to see things differently, especially during stressful situations? For instance, what if you started to see that $1000 as small? What if you saw that $1000 the way you see $100 or even $1? Most people expect to have “little” money, so what would happen if you saw $1000 as “little” money? And what would happen if you stopped trying to live “below your means” and instead started trying to live according to what God has for you? These are two totally different concepts. I’m not saying for you to live “above your means,” I’m saying forget about YOUR means! Live within God’s will for you, follow His divine plan, and YOUR means won’t be an issue or concern because He doesn’t provide according to YOUR means. God’s provision comes from Him–and it’s HUGE!
People tend to assign value to situations, circumstances, things, and people in their lives, but these assignments of value, the importance we place on things, doesn’t always line up with what God says is valuable or meaningful. “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you can imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 [NLT] What we think is astronomical and cataclysmic, can be that one SMALL thing that God can use to catapult you into your next dimension of greatness according to His will.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 [NLT]
So, this is my suggestion: 1. Challenge your own thinking. Challenge the way you think in all areas of your life. Ask yourself if you are limiting yourself by placing too much value on things that are small, especially according to God’s plan for your life. 2. Follow the direction the Holy Spirit gives you and step out on faith. And when you do, expect God to blow your mind!
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