Let’s be honest, none of us sees things in a perfectly clear way. We all see through the filter of our past experiences and perceptions. Those perceptions become the lens we view life through. Whatever happens, we see it according to the way our lens is focused.
If our lens is negatively focused – no matter what happens – it can be a catastrophe! While it may seem impossible to change that it isn’t. Just keep in mind it’s a process and it will take time, practice and consistency to refocus your lens to a more positive setting.
This scripture in 2 Corinthians 4:8 in the New Living Translation describes a person who had a beautifully refocused lens (Paul!):
“We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.”
Refocusing doesn’t mean you pretend nothing bad ever happens! No – be honest and be realistic – bad things DO happen, problems are part of pretty much every day, there will be troubles and crises – BUT you have a choice. You can choose to be a victim of whatever happens. OR you can choose to be a victor and intentionally make the decision to find something positive, some lesson, some nugget of truth and move on.
The great thing about refocusing your lens is that once you do that – you create a different ending for that “story.” Whatever happens in your life becomes one of your stories. You can continually retell yourself the same nasty story and stay upset, angry, bitter, resentful, fearful or hurt.
OR you can refocus – find something positive in it – and write a new ending for that particular story. It changes the chemicals your body produces in response to your thoughts, which alone makes this worth practicing. Every time you rehearse negative thoughts, your body releases toxic chemicals. When you think on and rehearse positive thoughts, your body releases healing chemicals.
It sounds simplistic – but it’s absolutely true.