Philippians 4:8: “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
I remember when I was in graduate school pursuing a Ph.D, I was so excited for the opportunity to be working towards a goal I had set many years ago. When I was discouraged and wanted to give up, I would dream of being hooded & receiving my degree. Although I had to give up grad school, it reminds me that as long as I was able to see myself at the finish line the impossible was possible. This truth can be applied to any area of your life. Homeownership. Relationships. Business. Whatever. One key ingredient is knowing that what you desire is in alignment with Christ's will for your life.
After I stopped attending school, I found myself depressed and deeply saddened. See I put all my success for my future on receiving that degree. Not in God's ability to take care of me and my son. And to a certain point that isn't a bad thing because education helps us move ahead in life. On the other hand, I wasn't able to see myself successful without it. I needed "Dr" in front of my name to prove that I made it. NOTE: I no longer feel this way. But still hope to someday finish my studies.
What changed? My outlook. Before, I didn't appreciate having a career as a teacher. It was noble but we know it doesn't pay well. I wasn't able to see many opportunities for promotion so I could make more MONEY. There was some financial struggles that took place over the years raising my son alone. It isn't fancy. I didn't want to be just a classroom teacher despite being spey good at it. What can I say, I'm anointed top teach. These are just a few of the things that kept me from seeing all the good things I was already blessed with. In time, (it took a loonnngggg time) I became grateful even for being accepted into a doctoral program and hope to someday complete my goal.
Perspective is changed by your heart and your heart is changed by your perspective.
In your prayer time ask God to open the eyes of your heart that you might see yourself and your life the way He does. This doesn't mean He only sees the good. He knows the roadblocks ahead but He knows they can't stop His plan for you. You must grasp this truth, this assurance. Ask for your spiritual eyes to be open so you can see all the good you have surrounding you and that which is yet to manifest. It's all about perspective!
Let this song encourage you.
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