One Saw Stars


We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, 2 Corinthians 10:5

I read a short poem yesterday that kind of sums up all that God is teaching me lately.

"Two men sat behind the bars.

One saw mud, the other stars."

So much in life depends on our attitude.

A lot of people don't want to hear that.

They'd rather stay looking at the mud - for whatever reason.

I guess because it's easier. 

It's easier to look at the negatives of life than try to search out the positives.

Maybe, that is why.  We have to hunt for the positives so many times.

The negatives seem to just hit us in the face.

I know I lived in and with negativity for a long time.  All it did was make me feel more negative, more depressed, and more unhappy.

I got tired of it.

I figured there had to be something different.

When I'd see other folks with good attitudes and lousy lives, I'd simply think that they didn't understand.

I mean - they had to be faking it, didn't they?

Who could be happy and find good things when their life was falling apart?

At least, I consoled myself, I was real about my misery.  I didn't pretend things were ok when they weren't.  But I was still unhappy.

Then I learned the secret.  

And, yes, there is a secret.

The secret is that what you think, every little thought, makes up your attitude.

"But I can't control what I think!"

Yeah - I hear that - and I have experienced feeling.

But I also know that God gives us the ability to do just that.  We don't want to acknowledge that - or think that somehow we are exempt from the concept of "taking every thought captive."

We can bring our thoughts to God.  We can look at them, look for the truth in them, look for how God would want us to view the situation.  And then, slowly, bit-by-bit, it can start to change.

We notice things we didn't notice before.  We start seeing good.  And suddenly, we are looking at the stars!

It was a hard road for me.

I still have many times of being flooded with negative thoughts.  But, I'm learning to capture those thoughts and bringing them to God - being honest with Him about how I'm feeling and what those thoughts are - and asking Him to help me see through His eyes.

I know it's challenging, dear reader.  It's work.  It's easier to look at the mud.

But once you have glimpsed the glory of those stars, 

you won't want to focus on the mud again.

Father God, It can be so hard to live a life fraught with challenges. It can be so easy to become caught up in the negatives - so much so that we become negative ourselves.  Help us to recognize the times when our thoughts overtake us - and bring those thoughts to You, as You are the only true light in this world.  Amen and amen.


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