Living a Transformed Life Part 4: Perspective and Faith
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “Your perception is your reality.” It has a “New Age” ring to it, right? But it’s true. How you view the world around you and your own life, tinges, and colors your present reality.
I have seen it time and time again. Someone faces a hardship, like a financial pitfall or setback, and how he/she perceives it, influences its overall effect on his/her present circumstances, as well as future possibilities. If you believe you can get around it and overcome it, you will. However, if you believe you can’t, you won’t. It’s that simple. Think of it this way; ten percent of life happens to you, while the other 90 percent is how you respond to it. Your choice in attitude will make the night and day difference to that 90 percent.
One of our most significant challenges is to remain positive for Christ in a negative and confusing world. We do this through a perspective of faith, which shapes the kind of experience we will have with God and others. Through faith, we can recognize that life is difficult, but not impossible and that we may experience failings, but are not actually failures. In a seemingly hopeless circumstance, we are never alone and without hope. A perspective of faith allows us to positively mold the 90 percent of life we can control—our responses.
I recently read a story that exemplifies this perfectly.
A noted English architect Sir Christopher Wren was supervising the construction of a magnificent cathedral in London. A journalist thought it would be interesting to interview some of the workers, so he chose three and asked them this question, “What are you doing?” The first replied, “I’m cutting stone for 10 shillings a day.” The next answered, “I’m putting in 10 hours a day on this job.” But the third said, “I’m helping Sir Christopher Wren construct one of London’s greatest cathedrals.”
So, the choice is yours. Are you going to color your reality with misery and make others miserable, or are you going to help Jesus build His church on this earth? What are you going to do with your 90 percent?
A CHEERFUL HEART IS GOOD MEDICINE, BUT A BROKEN SPIRIT SAPS A PERSON’S STRENGTH.