Change your outlook

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV).

Change your outlook. There are no hopeless situations – only people who have grown hopeless about them. When you think you’re weak, you’re actually strong (cf. 2 Corinthians 12:10). And when you have a thorn in the flesh, God’s “grace is sufficient for you” 2 Corinthians 12:9. For His “power is made perfect in weakness” 2 Corinthians 12:9.

Perspective helps. Expand your horizons. Look beyond your circumstances. Don’t major on minors. Try to exercise objectivity. Judge situations, issues or challenges in the light of God’s Word. Remember that God’s thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways His ways (cf. Isaiah 55:8). For there are often ways to improve a state of affairs if you’re prepared to be flexible and exercise your God given creative potential.

So don’t put God in a box. Seek the Lord in His Word and through prayer. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” Proverbs 3:5. Accept that God’s grace is sufficient for all your needs (cf. 2 Corinthians 12:9). Be open to the fact that God’s strength comes into its own in your weakness. And trust in the fact that there’s no such thing as an impossible mission for God.

And never, never, never forget that God can make a way when there seems to be no way. That one with God is a majority. That with God for us, no one can be against us (cf. Romans 8:31). And that opportunity often knocks twice when God is in control.

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