Have you ever found yourself in that moment where your kids were doing something absurdly cute or ridiculously funny?
What do we do? We grab our phones and try to take a picture, don’t we?
More times than not something goes wrong with the picture for me: my fingers get in the way, the camera doesn’t focus in time, or the moment passes.
I think life is a lot like that.
Life is a beautiful journey. We’re surrounded by so much good and get to encounter so much in life that is purely wonderful, it’s impossible not to be struck by the simple beauty of life itself.
It’s also easy to miss it.
Here’s the reason it’s so easy to miss the beauty of our journey: there will be difficulty, and it’s so easy to focus on the ugly in life.
When difficult times come, it’s easy to allow them to gain our greatest focus. When that happens it robs us of a greater perspective that allows us to see the real beauty of the moment we find ourselves in.
Here’s a few questions to help you regain your focus…
#1 – How big is the problem facing when you view it in the perspective of your entire life?
Often we blow things out of perspective. We make them bigger than they really are. We allow our minds to set the problem in front of the rest of our life. The problem becomes the finger in the way of the cute picture of our kids.
When you press pause on the circumstance, and back up to look at what’s really going on… How big is the problem, really? It’s probably not that big, and you’re probably both blowing it out of proportion and focusing on it.
#2 – Is your problem bigger than Jesus?
If you’re facing a big problem, it’s likely the reason the problem is so big is that Jesus is small in your life. When we have a BIG GOD, we will always have small problems.
Viewing your problem in light of our eternal, all-powerful God is an important step to gaining the right focus in life. He’s bigger than any problem we’ll ever face, and He is on your side!
#3 – What do you need to focus on?
This is the important step… If you’re going to shift your perspective from your problem, where is going to go?
This is where the truth of gratitude begins.
Gratitude is born out of a perspective of our heart, not a set of circumstances.
You probably have more than enough right now to be thankful for. You don’t need something new to happen. You just need to shift your perspective, and when you allow your focus to shift something wonderful happens.
Gratitude turns our problems into praise.
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What do you need to shift your focus from today? What do you need to focus on to be more thankful today?