Our circumstances have an effect on us. When our circumstances are more positive, we tend to be happier — when our circumstances are less positive, we tend to be unhappier
So how do we battle this reality?
The answer lies in our choices — our choice of focus, attitude, and outlook. Very often, our choices are the very reason we’re in our circumstances in the first place. Therefore, it’s very important we choose wisely at all times. Choices are easier to make when we fully understand our options and fully grasp the consequences – both positive and negative – of our decisions.
So how do we make better choices?
Experience is always a beneficial consideration when making choices. If you are like me, you’ve learned many lessons through the years, ones you will likely never forget.
In addition to gaining personal experience, we also gain experience by learning from the successes and failures of others. If we turn to the right person for advice, we gain beneficial information that helps us make better choices.
“Let us choose for ourselves what is right; Let us know
among ourselves what is good.” Job 34:4
Even if we have made poor choices in the past, we still have a choice of what our focus, attitude, and outlook will be from this day forward.
A few years back, I faced a family crisis. During my difficult time, I experienced moments of hopelessness, brokenness, and despair. Honestly, there were times when no matter how hard I tried to maintain a positive focus, attitude, and outlook, I simply couldn’t muster up the strength.
During my struggle, I learned there is something I “can do” that will directly influence the way I cope with my circumstances.
- I learned to “fix my eyes on Christ, the author and, perfecter of my faith.”
- I learned that even in the midst of the most difficult of times, I can still “choose” to focus on things I am thankful for.
- I learned I can still “choose ”to have a positive outlook and attitude for my future.
Join me today and “choose” to make more informed decisions — “choose” to focus on the promises of God — and “choose” a more positive outlook:
- “Focus” on the eternal over the temporary.
“So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18
- Choose a positive “Attitude,” trusting God guide you.
“All things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
- Choose to have a positive “Outlook,” placing your hope and faith in God’s ability to take care of your future.
“For those who live according to the flesh have their outlook shaped by the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit have their outlook shaped by the things of the Spirit.” Romans 8:5-6
What focus, outlook, and attitude will you strive to have today?