Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. I Thessalonians 5:18
This picture screams out, “COMPARE ME!” As Princess J and I were staring at the startling differences- Princess J rightfully enjoying her youth and I marveling at where mine had gone, the mathematician of the family brought in some perspective, “Well, Mom is 3 times older than you, Princess J.”
Pollyanna is one of my favorite movies. She comes in on the scene having lost everything, she’s placed in a loveless home and by choosing the right perspective brings an infectious change not only in her home but in the whole town, which honors her by nick naming themselves “The Glad Town.”
St. James addresses the problem of comparing people in the second chapter of his book. I think Pollyanna brings verse 5 to life, “My dear brothers and sisters, listen to me. Hasn’t God chosen those who are poor in the world’s eyes to be rich in faith? Hasn’t he chosen them to receive the kingdom? Hasn’t he promised it to those who love him?”
Romans 8 has been an life changing chapter in my life. It says that it’s all about perspective – what set your mind on… Turn your thoughts toward God and you’ll find the freedom to receive all Jesus died to give you. Let yourself be consumed by sinful thoughts and they will lead you to your death. When tough times come draw strength from the Spirit of God that is in you and pray with a hope in God who uses all things for the good of those who love him.
I was young and now I am old(er) and I have found that God is faithful in every circumstance. In return I want my life to reflect an infectious perspective full of thankfulness. Jenny