Your happiness ultimately arises not from the circumstances of your life, but from the conditions of your mind.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” – Rom. 12:2
We often allow our circumstances to dictate our situation. However, for us to obtain the happiness we say we desire we must stop looking at things from a negative perspective.
Most of us have been conditioned in the way we think because of the hurt from our past, but can you imagine how much better we could be if we no longer allowed those hurts to control our actions and our way of thinking? That is literally what God wants from us by the renewing of our minds.
Having a renewed mind changes how we see and perceive things. Think about it. If you’d never been hurt by anyone then you would be more trusting of people. See, a renewed mind teaches us to have faith in God and His experiences with us, not the experiences and hurts from this world or past.
God’s desire is for the good of us all, and we must understand that when we change our perspective and our thought process we will realize that we can overcome challenging circumstances.
Jean Ward is pastor of East Atlanta Church.