Romans 12:2 - Do not conform any longer 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.
Our world is full of opposites that happen at the same time:
Even what’s sweet can taste bitter when you have too much of it.
It can be 75 degrees inside during the winter and you feel cold, but it can be 75 degrees in the summer and still feel hot.
You can feel overweight at 140 pounds, but 140 is a great number if you used to weigh 180 pounds.
You can live inside your home, but you also live outside of the city.
So it is with our lives - There can be something bad going on at the same time as something good. You can have a headache yet still enjoy your ice cream. And, you can feel upbeat while everything around you is pulling you down into the downbeat.
And even though our world tries to drag us down into the darkest pit because of all of the anger that rages around us, it still boils down to our perspective.
Feeling down can be all consuming. We know that:
It can be so bad that it makes us physically hurt.
It can be so bad that people begin to stay away from us because they can’t stand to see us hurting and down.
It can be so bad that all we see in the world is tainted by dark glasses.
But now let’s change our individual perspective. Can this happen:
You are down because you live with chronic pain, but a friend stops by and you enjoy their company. You may even smile. What you’re going through hasn’t changed. You still are battling that downward pull, but when your friend shows up you find a moment of your day when you can feel something other than just that negative feeling.
But how do I change my perspective to live upbeat even if it’s only for a moment each day? Read this article, “How to Stay Positive: 11 Smart Habits,” on positivityblog.com and learn how to stay positive in spite of what going on around you. You can even how to stay positive in the face of criticism.
Each day we have the choice to allow the world to cause us to live in the downbeat pull of negativity and never measuring up, or we can choose to take the perspective of what is good. So choose, as the Bible verse above says, and do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world. Then you’ll know what to do with your day, and it may just surprise you when you find yourself more and more living on the upbeat.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.