We have to change the way we think! When I talk to others, I’m always amazed at the number of people that seem dissatisfied with their lives. When people talk, I find that they usually always seem to default to gossiping or criticizing others when they run out of things to say.

Why do we think negatively about ourselves and others? Sometimes, I find myself looking for or thinking about negative things. Why is that? Is it because of the way that our parents raised us or how we have been conditioned by the world we live in? As I walk more and more with the Lord, He’s showing me that I have to change the way that I think about myself and others. As His child, I am so blessed that I should be jumping with joy every day! You can say, “Well, Pastor Mike, I don’t have anything to be happy about!” Really!? Are you a child of God? If so, you really have something to be happy about. If you have been saved and washed clean by the blood of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, what is there to be unhappy about? Philippians 4:4 (NKJV) tells us that we should:

“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I will say, rejoice!”

I know that life in a fallen world can be difficult. Believe me, I know that! But the Lord has been showing me lately that I have to identify myself as a child of God in this world and not by the labels that the world places on me. As His child, I have over 7,000 promises that are made in the bible about what is eternally ours. Non-believers only have this world and what they see to believe in. I witnessed to a woman a couple of months ago who listened to me and then told me that God was an “interesting theory”. Huh…really! She thought that the world was generally good and that things would all work out in the end. That people would pull together to straighten things out. Well, good luck with that opinion!

Child of God, how do you look at yourself and others? Is it with God’s grace and love? Do the various “situations” that you find yourself in each day take the joy out of life? Then don’t look at your life with your eyes of flesh. Look at each day through the eyes of a child of God. Concentrate on what the eternal, living God says about you. And then you will say, “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I will say, rejoice”!