Inverted thinking

Every time I hear the word "inverted" I can't get the image of an F-14 Tomcat flying canopy to canopy over an F-5. (Top Gun reference for those that didn't figure that out already)

I was talking with a friend of mine today and he got the wheels a spinning about how he changed his perspective on life. I like to call it inverted thinking, or looking at things from a different angle. It produces a heart that is more thankful and gracious.

Instead of looking at my car parked next to the Porsche and thinking, "Man I wish I had a newer/better car" I just look at my car and be thankful for the ability to drive to work. Some people don't have that luxury. The rubber really hits the road when it comes to the harder parts of life. It's easy for blessings to become burdens if we don't keep a proper perspective.

My kids are beautiful and I love them so much, but I can easily fall but getting frustrated when they scream in my ear and won't stop crying. (Corin is 4 months and that's how he communicates, but for some reason my small brain thinks that he should be speaking perfect English by now to explain in detail what he wants) There are others who would trade anything to have their child scream at them right now because they are no longer here. Still others aren't able to have children. I can view my blessing of kids as a distraction to other things, or I can take each breath and moment God gives me with them as a chance to be thankful for the moment with them. No matter what that moment brings.

Trying to be thankful for all situations isn't easy. In fact there are some things that I am baffled as to why I should be thankful for them, but there is one thing that I hold so dearly true and I hope you do as well. God is both sovereign and good. Whatever He has allowed to come into my life is for His glory and my benefit. So I can be thankful for being late to work, a broken arm, a daughters heart that needed open heart surgery after she was born, at car accident, or even the death of a loved one.

It doesn't mean we will jump and prance in the streets when these things happen. A thankful heart can still be a sad heart, but in the sadness there is hope. Hope in knowing who holds the past, present and future. That nothing happens that was not beyond His control.

This holiday season, no matter what God has brought into or through your path, be thankful that He is still the one that is in control. I used to get super jealous at Christmas. There were always so many gifts to be given and I always was secretly hoping I'd get some million dollar toy. But to my disappointment I never did. Instead of being thankful for what I was given, I was frustrated by what I wasn't given. Don't focus on what you don't have. Focus on what you do. God has given us all exactly what we need to live a life that is pleasing and honoring to Him, and one that will bring Him glory.

As humans we like to compare things. Just be careful where the comparison takes you. Does it take you to a heart of thankfulness, or of jealousy?

We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone. See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people. Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. - 1 Thess. 5:14-18

It may not be easy, but we were never told live was supposed to be easy. Be enoucraged friend. We're all in this together.