Today’s post is all about refocusing. In a fast-paced world full of stress from obligations and overbooked schedules, it’s easy to lose sight of the things that REALLY matter in this life. It’s easy to get dragged down by the circumstances that surround you. It’s easy to get burnt out and used up. Little by little and bit by bit the negativity that surrounds us seeps in, distorts our perspective, and turns our internal voice negative. Even people with a strong sense of self and good self-esteem fall prey to the environment in which they function, to the crowd that surrounds them. Discouraged and disregarded, outward influence becomes internal self-talk. I’m not good enough. I’m not capable. I’m not worthy. I’ll never be as successful as, as pretty as, as smart as, and the list goes on. When in truth, that’s not the reality of who we really are and of who we are capable of becoming. That’s not the way God sees us or how he values us. That’s looking at ourselves through the smudged, dirty lens of others, through the distorted perspective of people who don’t really know our hearts. But God really knows us and our hearts. He sees all that we are both good and bad. He values us, and he recognizes our potential.
God made us all in his image (Genesis 1:27 and Ephesians 2:10). He gave each of us strengths and talents to glorify him (1 Peter 4:10-11). He placed value on us from the moment we came into existence at conception (Job 31:14-15). God does not forget us or devalue us (Isaiah 49:15 and John 3:16) and he never will. He loves us and desires to have a relationship with us.
So refocus your perspective knowing that you are valued and you are loved. Refocus and rise above the negative, destructive world around you. Be encouraged and while you’re at it, bring someone else up with you.