Its amazing the difference that mindset can make! I am frequently asked by people who know my family’s story, “How are you even standing? Why are you smiling? How can you even get out of bed in the morning?” And there have been times that I couldn’t stand, or smile, or get out of bed…but when I began to look at all of the things that have happened in recent years from the perspective of the divine and not from my usual selfish, egotistical, “all about me” perspective, my mind shifted and I began to see the good that can come from it all, the people that can be touched, the lives that can be changed if I allow God to work in my life. Do I wish things had been different? Do I wish Mom, Dad, Ellis, and Branson were still alive? Of course I do! God can and IS using the pain for good, though. God’s plan is bigger than mine and I am given an opportunity to play my small part in it. The choice of taking that opportunity is up to me. I am grateful that I have loved deeply enough to miss the people I’ve lost; thankful to still have my precious children, friends, and family; and I am excited about the path I am on now. Romans 12:2 says, ” Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” The pattern of this world is selfish, it is unkind, it is unloving. When we shift our minds to look at the world through the lens of gratitude, kindness, and love, we can see things more as God sees them and we can see more clearly the path that we must follow.
Credit for image goes to Dr. Maryska Taylor at http://www.drmaryskataylor.com