Five Minute Friday prompt this week is—PATH. This largely unedited “rough draft” form of writing stretches this perfectionist, in the best of ways. I write for five minutes on a given topic. If you’re interested in learning more about 5-Minute Fridays, check out our hostess, Kate Motaung’s site. Or, click on the link at the bottom of this post. As you read my simpler Friday posts, I hope you’ll join in the conversation!
Last week, I had the privilege of hearing Ted Dekker speak. I wasn’t sure what to expect from a man who writes stories in ways I’ve never conceived, and some I can’t read (and others I have). But, I’m telling ya, his words were transformational.
For a girl who’s spent most of her life dealing with the fallout of childhood rejection, my path was set on people-pleasing. Getting approval at almost any cost.
My beliefs were focused on doing whatever was necessary to fill that void the rejection carved out in my heart. Even in the fabric of how I perceived myself.
Ted shared about something I’ve begun witnessing in my own, life, but I’m still learning how to live out.
When we change the way we view things—when our old beliefs are shaken—new beliefs can be planted in our hearts. Our paths can change.
As I learn to view myself through God’s lens and not the lens that has filtered my view of myself for decades, I begin to see circumstances in with new eyes.
As I have a changed perspective, I’ll respond differently to the things that happen in my life. As I respond differently, my path is going to change.
I think it is so amazing how God does this. He’s given us His word. It guides us on His path. But we get waylaid by life, by things people say to or about us. We change the way we see God’s path, His word. We alter how we react to the things that happen.
When we view ourselves through God’s filter, when we believe what He says about us? Things change. Period.
We begin to live with a renewed spirit. With a refreshed vigor. We begin to respond to people differently. Even to those who have hurt us. We can view them through God’s lens and maybe (in time) show them His love.
When we change our beliefs about ourselves, our past, our path changes. When we align them with God’s truth, those changes are often for the better.
What about you? When has your perspective been shifted and how did you respond? What do you think about this changing your beliefs?
I’m linking up with Kate Motaung’s Five Minute Friday—PATH