It’s easy for us humans to see the negative space in the world because we were created to solve problems, and how can we do that unless we become aware of the need that surrounds us? However, just as we cannot and should not ignore the needs, we must also be careful not to turn our gift of awareness into the curse of meditating on the negative and becoming a consumer of lack just because we notice it. As believers, we each carry the solution to every issue, He is the One who answers all things and fills all things, Jesus Christ.
“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
We know there is certainly not a shortage of pressure, disappointment, failures, and turmoil in this world, but even more so we must take note of the victory that Christ bought upon the cross and revel in the awesome wonder and incredible blessings we have to be grateful for, for they are without measure. What you choose to put your face towards, will be the manifestation of your reality. We once had a downhill ski instructor that would emphasize this truth over and over again, “wherever your head goes, your body and your skis will follow, so keep your face forward!” Whether the blessings or curses, life or death, gratefulness or complaint, whichever you choose to focus your heart on, your trajectory will follow. If you choose to get up every day praising God and verbalizing each blessing that surrounds you that you can be grateful for, you’ll move in the direction of abundance. If you choose to wake up and focus on the negatives in your personal circumstances or the issues of the world, rest assured your attitudes, thought patterns and mindsets will manifest lack and heaviness.
“The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy; I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”– John 10:10
What then are we to do with difficulty?
We must be sensitive to our challenges and compassionate to the pain of others around us, it’s what makes us alive in Christ, for as He is so we will be. However, the answer is never to absorb the pain and tribulation of this world onto our own shoulders, thus assuming we are the answer to the problems, no, the answer has always been to carry the burdens to the Only One who can fill, all in all, Jesus. You are not the savior of the world, He is, and He lives in you. You must realize you are not the answer to your or other people’s problems, you simply carry the One who is, so run to Him and keep your eyes fixed upon His amazing grace!
“And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” – Ephesians 1:23
Be blessed! (and eat a doughnut today)