Glass Half Full… A Perspective Change

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Some of you read on Facebook that I have had a “perspective change”… Here is a little about the mental transformation that I have experienced in the past week or so:

The “Glass Half Full” mentality… I’ve never really had it. I’m the one who picks apart the movie after I see it… the constant critic. Instead of seeing the overall beauty of something, I will see the details that really don’t matter in the big scheme of things. Pardon the cliché, but I miss the forest for the trees. Yes, I am a detail person; and yes, we need detail people in life, but I have come to understand the possibility of being a detail person and still seeing God’s big picture.

In one area of my life, I have been battling a constant frustration with things not being done exactly the way I think they should be. We all have situations in our lives like this. My mind has been constantly critical, keeping me from remembering one very important fact: GOD IS ULTIMATELY IN CONTROL! He is going to have His way, and there is a REASON for every little detail. Even when I think things could be done better, He always knows. God has truly walked me through several very obvious instances where He has shown me just how big He is… just how REAL He is!!! In about a week’s time, my focus has gone from “this needs to be changed” to “how is God going to use this in the big picture?” As He has become more and more real to me, an inner joy has started to grow, allowing me to experience more passionate worship.

God has chosen to work in me and through me, but also IN SPITE of me. In spite of my imperfections. In spite of my “last-minute” ways. He has placed me in a position of total submission… And by the way, all of those little details I work so hard to try to get right MYSELF? He already has them planned out. God is so good!

So, all this to say, I am now able to see my glass as half full. God has placed me here to be His vessel, and He allows me to experience every situation in life so He can teach me. God doesn’t need a “teaching moment.” EVERY moment is His, and He is constantly reminding us that He is in control.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. – Isaiah 55:8

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  1. >It is amazing to see that no matter what the circumstances outside, our God is still God, and the best God ever. He holds every little peice of our lives in His hand, and that hand it totally capable of taking care of us. If we keep our eyes fixed on Him, during even the most depressing circumstances, we can maintain a deep joy and peace. Thanks for those thoughts. We all need this shift in perspective. The glass is not only half full, but it is running over!

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  2. >Great post, Paula. Isn't it beautiful that no matter how long you have walked with the Lord, there is still more to learn? I just love that. Thanks for sharing it with us!I'm so sorry about your baby girls fall! I read the post below and I can't imagine how scary that was. I'm so glad to hear she is doing well. And I can't BELIEVE how big your boy is!!! Wow, girl. You make cute kids.

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  3. >Great post, Paula. Isn't it beautiful that no matter how long you have walked with the Lord, there is still more to learn? I just love that. Thanks for sharing it with us!I'm so sorry about your baby girls fall! I read the post below and I can't imagine how scary that was. I'm so glad to hear she is doing well. And I can't BELIEVE how big your boy is!!! Wow, girl. You make cute kids.

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