Updated: Sep 22, 2019
Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21
When you can’t find the sunshine; be the sunshine! Rise above the surrounding environment that you find yourself in. Whether it's abusive, has toxic people in it, is filled with anger or just plain negative. You have the power within you to rise about whatever is currently seeking to bring you down. Understand that for most people there isn’t a magic switch to change our feelings and there is no shame in that. God never designed us to turn things on and off, he designed us to grow and evolve. He gives us the choice. What we all need is the intentional determination to have the kind of life/perspective God has specifically given just us.
Picture yourself getting ready in the morning. Did you clothes just magically appear on your body? I am sure the clothes just decided for themselves which ones would used that day, right?!?! That is never going to happen and it’s very unrealistic too, isn’t it? The same thing could be said about our attitudes and actions. We let the day chose for itself what attitudes we are going to wear that day, but nothing could be farther from what we should be doing.
I found something extremely interesting and compelling in Colossian 3: 12-15. It says….
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.”
It struck me that attitudes are very much the same as clothes. We choose what attitudes to put on very much the same way we choose what shirt or pants to put on. We are called as God’s chosen people to intentionally choose how we interact with our surroundings. He has called us to overcome the brokenness, turmoil and just plain crap of this life. If we do not purposely choose what attitudes to clothe ourselves with, rest assured that the world will put every circumstance in your path for your to dress yourself with bitterness, judgement, shame and all the other things that come between who God called us to be and who the world says we are. None of what I have read for myself in scripture is easy, keeping our attitudes in check is like trying to hold back the ocean at high tide. BUT if you could envision doing just that with your attitudes…. what you would look like, how you would affect your environment, imagine how you would feel if you DID do it. What an amazing feeling that would be. Picture yourself with the unlimited precious peace God has spoken over your life. God wants this for your life.
Use this very moment to sincerely take inventory of your spiritual wardrobe. It’s time to upgrade from the worldly wardrobe and take time to seek the better coverings that we can wear.