Can’t help coming back to this thing about perception. We are what we think we are. Proverbs 23:7 (KJV) says it like this “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:”
So the question becomes, how do we perceive ourselves? And if we are not who we’d like to be or accomplishing the goals we’d like to accomplish, how do we change our perceptions? What does it take for us to move into a place of peace, positivity and accomplishment (accomplishment being relevant)? I’m not an expert by any means, but I can share what I’ve learned over the years.
The first thing I had to do is accept that my journey to “better” is an inside job. I had to be open to personal change in order to experience personal growth. Even though at times growing pains seem unbearable, they have always brought about positive change. This was and is to me about personal accountability, humility (no, I can’t be right all of the time), and listening.
The second thing I had to learn is that the only person I can change…is myself. Each person’s journey is their own. I’ve learned that I am not qualified to determine or judge another person’s journey – but I can be supportive.
The third thing I discovered was that I had to see myself the way God sees me. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV). Meditating on this and similar scriptures have helped me to release many of my insecurities and fears – and start perceiving myself in a different light.
The fourth thing I’ve learned was/is to walk in a spirit of gratitude. “In every thing give thanks.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV) With each day, this is becoming more and more natural for me. I see myself as blessed and therefore I am grateful.
I understand that many of us have a lot to overcome and I believe we can! Growing up spiritually is a perpetual process. How we perceive ourselves is just one part of that process and this post is simply food for thought.
Love you all, remember that we are fearfully and wonderfully made, and encourage someone today!