Change your Perspective

I’m doing a rewrite. You probably didn’t know that I’m a script writer. Only a few people are privy to that bit of information. It goes like this. When someone is talking to me if what they say doesn’t match what I think, I dismiss it and immediately replace it with my own script. No, I never ask for permission since it’s my version of life we’re talking about.

I must add that the scripts I write never have me in the best light. I realize that I have been typecast and stuck in my role. Till today.

While reading an excellent blog by Rabbi Evan Moffic I learned something that is changing my perspective. The Rabbi explained that in the Passover seder only a small portion is devoted to the Exodus from slavery. That really struck me. That event was significant but in the big scheme of things it is put in its proper place. 

I think I let some of the events in my life bleed over into all my life. I’m doing a rewrite. I am going to see things with a new perspective. I’m also going to change how I look at me. You see I have heard about the vicim mentality for years and recognized how others embraced it for themselves. I just didn’t see that by not embracing the possibilities for myself I am choosing instead to be a victim. 

I understand why I’ve adopted this. It’s familiar. It’s what I grew up with. But, that doesn’t mean I can’t change it. That’s what I’m excited about.

Winston Churchill said that those who do not learn from history are bound to repeat it. I want to learn from history. 

So, here’s my plan. I am no longer going to blindly believe the negative things that my thoughts dictate to me. They were opinions, they were the ideas of others, they don’t have to fill the storage room of my mind. 

And if I start falling into that pattern, reminding myself of those negative things I am going to stop and immediately replace them with the truth. 

For instance, if I feel I cannot succeed in an area I struggle with and I hear, “You’ll never accomplish that.”

I will respond with, “When God said I can do all things through Christ, he meant ALL things.”

I’ve been a person who ends movies the way I want, why not the scripts I have for myself? Not only can I change them, I will be changing them.

Proverbs 3:27 says, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” I’m going to see myself accomplishing the things I want in life, instead of getting closer but never reaching them.  I will see the obstacles as something that can be overcome instead of stopping points that paralyze me. 

Some people have cheering sections in their lives. People who are in their stands reminding them of the things they need to hear to keep going. God has provided people in my stands all through my life. I just didn’t see that I also snuck in there and tried to silence the fans. 

As far as the tapes in my hear that are discouraging and keep me from moving forward.  I’m replacing those tapes with new ones. Ones that talk of victory and abundant life; tapes God made for me. 

The only one who will not be happy with my decision is God’s enemy, Satan. He wants me to fail, to feel bad about myself and to be stuck in my negativity. But you know what? I don’t care. I care more about what God wants for me. I care more about moving forward. Being stuck gets old.

So, right now my perspective is being changed. It is getting a complete overhaul which was overdue. I expect that with my new perspective changing, other things will follow suit.  

I don’t believe in coincidence. God wanted me to change and he orchestrated it so I could hear this truth. Now he just wants me to be like the little girl who lived in a town suffering from drought. While the whole town had gathered together to pray for rain, she was the only one who brought an umbrella.

Perspective; if you need a change, start with that.


The glass is half what?


  • Are you tired of being negative?
  • Wish you could see your glass as half full?
  • Want to be more thankful?

All of us have experienced it. You have a series of good things happening. You got that check you were waiting for. You just finished a big project. The whole family was available for dinner. You’re having a good day. And then one little snag caused things to unravel. No matter how many good things you experienced, that one negative seemed to cancel everything out. The one critical comment you heard, the one ingredient that would have made your meal even better, the A- because of one error. 

So what can we do?

  1. We need to replace the magnifying lens we use to detect errors with a wide angle lens which allows us to see the whole picture. 
  2. We need to stop making comparisons. When we make comparisons we lose. Either we feel less than the ones we compare ourselves with, or we somehow feel superior to them; not a winning situation.
  3. We need to be conscious of what we’re thinking about. One practical tool that helps me is a verse found in Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

Focus on these four words as a good mind-trap 

  • True
  • Right
  • Admirable
  • Praiseworthy

Most of the time when we’re slipping towards negativity, we are believing lies. So asking if our thoughts are true is a great place to start. 

Write out this acronym to keep you on track. Then when you find yourself thinking wrong thoughts, take those thoughts captive. Catch them like little gnats that are trying to steal your peace. 

Look for what’s positive. It takes practice, but you can do it. Change is possible. The more you move toward the positive, the less negative you will be. And the more positive you are, the more others will gravitate toward you. Pretty soon you’ll start to see glasses half full all over the place.