The way we interact with the world around us has everything to do with how we choose to perceive the world. If we wake up each morning, and roll out of bed dreading the worst parts of our day, imagining worst-case scenarios, feeling like we can’t change the aspects of our life we don’t enjoy or that life feels empty and meaningless, we will likely be having a lot of not so great days. You will feel overwhelmed by doubt and fear and insecurities. However, going through our day intentionally seeking the good and the meaningful, focusing on the things we can change… well those days will probably be better.
A Biblical Mindset
This may sound a lot like the power of positive thinking… and it’s true that focusing on the positive can help, but we want to take it further. Today we are talking about cultivating a Biblical mindset. Reframing your mindset through scripture will awaken you to God’s presence in all aspects of your life, it will make you more aware of your purpose in the world and the good things the Lord has given us. It stems from a deep trust that isn’t based on circumstances but the belief that God is at work in life and wants good things for you. Focusing on the Lord’s meaning and gratitude day after day will actually begin to rewire the way the brain and emotions respond to the world. Your thought life will start to dictate your emotions rather than the other way around.
I find that a deep weekly reflection, and shorter daily reflections helps me centre my thoughts and count my blessings. I like to start my day reciting Psalm 118:24; “This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.” This mantra always opens a well of gratitude for the good things in my life. I feel all the potential in the day ahead of me. There is a place of peace in my heart and in my soul. Relying on a Biblical mindset has a deeper anchor for me than simply using my situations and emotions. There is a grander story. I feel like I can trust that all things around me work together for good.
Here are some questions to jumpstart a Biblical mindset:
- How can I stop anticipating bad news?
- Who can help me look for the good?
- Where is God at work in my life?
- Where have I been blessed recently?
- What was my highlight from today?
New International Version
10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
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