bracing myself

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I’m not sure where you’re coming from, but where I’m at, it’s getting colder. Fall is here and we all know what that means- winter is an oncoming freight train. See the picture? No leaves. So sad.

Around here, you hear a lot about getting through the winter.  It seems like it’s all anyone talks about for awhile.

It gets so cold that it’s a successful day if I manage to step out the door.

The months ahead somehow make me more self-centered. My thoughts turn into an endless circle of “I am so cold.  I don’t want to go to class. I hate winter.”  And if you see me walking outside, I scarcely respond because all I am thinking about is how many steps it’ll take to get to where I’m going.  Anyone with me? No? Maybe I’m unusually grouchy.

Well, I want that to change this year.

I was catching up with an old friend the other day, and when describing her life, she said she was focused on “kingdom work,” doing her best to choose to spend her time intentionally loving on people. That doesn’t sound so bad to me.

In the past couple of years, with all of the books and articles out about changing the way we think, this is being made clear to me.

God works through changed perspectives.

 

When we spend more energy on getting to know God, our perspective naturally changes, and out of that, life changes.  If you’re into Biblical references, check out Romans 12:2- proof that God changes perspectives.

Rather than throwing it all at us at once, God tends to nudge us, saying hey, maybe you should work on that. Because God knows us and He knows that we can only handle little pieces at once.

So this is the little piece that He’s given me for now.

Stop focusing on yourself and start putting your energy towards “kingdom work” and even winter will be full of life.  

Take that, freezing temperatures.

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