Early in life I learned that it is what happens in you that determines your destiny and future. Not what happens to you – your circumstances, situation, and relationships. What’s in you is more important than what’s around you.
Another way to think about this would be to recognize that the thoughts you have impact and change the circumstances around you. An example: If you put a messy person in a clean apartment, it won’t be long until the apartment is messy. On the other hand, when you put a clean person in a messy apartment, it won’t be long until the apartment is clean!
Never let circumstances determine what’s in your mind; what you focus and dwell on. Always remember that God loves you and His grace is always sufficient for whatever you are facing today. His grace towards us is expressed through His favour and His kindness toward us. In other words, He is always ready to guide and direct us; to bless us; to honour us; to help us. So, be careful what you are thinking and what your mind dwells on. Remember, “For as a man thinks within himself, so he is” (Proverbs 23:7).
The good new is that when our thoughts are confident and we approach life with expectation of the best, we usually experience the best possible outcome in every situation. When we approach that job interview with confidence that God is in control and He will give us the right words at the right time, we then can do our best and walk in God’s grace and favour. When we prepare to give that speech or take the test or do that audition and we envision ourselves doing well, we create a place for God to act, guide, and direct. His grace will enable and empower us to do our best.
When we have positive expectations and confidence that God is for is, we experience what the Bible calls “the favour of God.” We can’t control the circumstances, but we can create the best possible outcome by being positive in every situation giving God a place to work and prove how great He really is and how much He loves us.
You have probably heard the classic song, “What a Wonderful World,” first recored by Louis Armstrong. It is my life’s theme song. If you don’t know the song or would like to refresh your memory you can watch and listen at https://youtu.be/CWzrABouyeE The lyrics express wonder and gratitude concerning beautiful trees and flowers, the sky, a rainbow, babies crying, and people enjoying one another. The key phrase repeats several times, “And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.”
Please notice those words, that line. “I think to myself….” That’s what I want to do! I want to think that way to myself. Positive. Encouraging. Up-lifting.
A lot of people around you might wake up every day and their version is more like this:
“I see traffic jams, cloudy skies, annoying people driving by, and I think to myself … what a difficult world.”
Don’t let what’s around you get inside you! Guard your mind because when you guard your mind, you put yourself in a position for God’s best to come into your life. Always think something good to yourself.
There’s a story, from when Jesus walked the earth, of a woman who had been haemorrhaging for twelve years. Jesus was near her hometown one day, and the Bible says, “She said to herself, ‘If I only touch His cloak, I will be healed.’” (Matthew 9:21) Note: “…she said to herself…”
Other people were saying negative things, but what she said to herself was more influencing on her than their comments. What she was verbalizing was affecting her physically – her body was moving in the direction of her internal dialogue. What if she had said to herself, “I’ll never get to Him … it’s not gonna change anything”? Her body would have slowed down, stopped, and she would have turned around.
Ultimately, what she said to herself became a ‘self-fulfilling prophecy’ – she did make it to Jesus and she was healed.
Keep your mind full of the right thoughts and remember that God loves you and is for you and not against you. His favour already rests upon you, just receive it and walk in it. And you will discover that truly “It is a wonderful world.”