I heard this story on the radio where a couple had pulled up to a full service gas station and asked the attendant to clean the front windshield… but kept asking to clean it since it still seemed dirty. Finally the attendant reached in the car and took off the mans glasses, cleaned them and put them back on him. Low and behold…clean! :)
The way we choose to view life makes all the difference especially during the most difficult of times. If we see the world through eyes of distrust, negativity, a distorted view we get from others, viewing it from the past and magnifying it through our past mistakes, etc then even the best of times won't hold the meaning that they could and can hold us hostage from having the life we deserve.
I often check in on how I'm thinking. As a Christian I want to make sure that my thoughts are in-line with God's. Whether you are a Christian or not though, being mindful - thinking about what you think about holds great significance.
At any time, if we discover that we are being our own worst enemy, we have the opportunity to change direction and learn to love ourselves so that we begin to see the world in a new way.
I'll end this with an article written by Joyce Meyers called "Worthless or Worthy? How Do You See Yourself? " It reads: " We all know how agonizing it is to work day after day with someone we don't get along with, but at least that person doesn't come home with us at night. We can't get away from ourselves, not even for one second, so it's of the utmost importance that we have peace with ourselves.
Many of us fall prey to self-rejection because we feel that nobody really loves us or accepts us. We figure that if nobody else loves us, then why should we love ourselves? Because we think others don't love us, we feel that we must not be worth loving. But that's a LIE we've believed for way too long!
We should love ourselves—not in a selfish, self-centered way that produces a lifestyle of self-indulgence, but in a balanced, godly way that affirms God's creation as essentially good and right. We may be flawed by unfortunate experiences we've gone through, but that doesn't mean we're worthless and good-for-nothing.
We must have the kind of love for ourselves that says, "I know God loves me, so I can love what God chooses to love. I don't love everything I do, but I accept myself because God accepts me." We must develop the kind of mature love that says, "I know I need to change, and I want to change. In fact, I believe God is changing me daily, but during this process, I will not reject what God accepts. I'll accept myself as I am right now, knowing that I will not always remain this way."
Many times people who reject themselves do so because they can't see themselves as good, proper, or right. They fail to see themselves the way God sees them—as precious children He dearly loves.
As you begin to see yourself through God's eyes—someone who's loved and cherished—your view of yourself will begin to change. You'll begin to see yourself not as rejected, but as loved and accepted…unique and beautiful in His sight.
What's in our hearts and minds comes out in our words and actions so clean those glasses and appreciate your new eyesight!
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