Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)
13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
I have had some great teachers in the past, and some very poor ones if we are being honest. The good ones would be so encouraging, explaining that with the right plan, you could be anything you wanted to be. Then there are the ones that tell you that you will not amount to anything regardless of the plan you are on. I praise God for Mrs. Maureen Giunta (my high school English teacher) each and every single day for her constant encouragement. Mrs. Giunta saw skill in a rotten little 16-year old jock that nobody else saw and then gave the encouragement needed for him to blossom into an okay writer. 20 years later, I absolutely love my job in content management. All this because Mrs. Giunta saw something nobody else did and offered encouragement. The Lord takes this a step further and tells us that we can do all things… yes, literally all things.
It Takes A Mindset Change
The way we look at the world changes everything. Sometimes we do not fill our true potential because we are looking at a situation the wrong way. I think one of the biggest mindset changes I am trying to incorporate into my life is exchanging the word “have” with “get.” Let me explain. The Lord places us exactly where He wants us, there are no coincidences in life. If we are trusting the Lord with our whole life, as we should, we ought to trust Him with the largest detail all the way down to the smallest. Think about the things you “have” to do on a daily basis. You have to clean the floors in the house, you have to put gas in your spouse’s vehicle all the time, you have to lead people at work so that they will complete a task correctly. It is no wonder we live lives of despair when that is our mindset. What a difference if we change our mindset, what if instead we “get” to clean the floors in our house, “get” to put gas in our loved one’s vehicle, and get to lead people at work. There, of course, are countless examples where we can change “have” with “get,” our mindset often is determined by which word we use.
The Lord Has You Where He Wants You
You “get” to be a preacher to those friends around you. You “get” to be the light. You “get” to be abstinent from alcohol and other vises. You “get” to be protected by the words in the Bible. We “get” a lot of things from the Lord, which sometimes we look at the wrong way. If we change our mindset just a little bit we can see the person we can be instead of the person we have been.
We can look at this life and our circumstance with the mindset of having to, or we can look at them with the idea of getting to. We get to be children of God, we get to have tremendous hope in heaven, we get to live a life completely different than when we first came to God. For that, I say, amen!
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.