M is for Mindset

For the A to Z challenge this year, I’m posting about one of my favorite things: Living the life you were born to live. I’ve been so blessed with a family that constantly encourages me and builds me up and I want to pass that along to y’all! I’ll be traveling a lot during the month, so some of the posts are scheduled ahead of time and answering comments might take some time. I’ll try and keep up though. Thanks for stopping by! 

M is for Mindset

For some reason, a lot of Christians seem to think that it’s a sin to say anything good about themselves. They seem to think that walking around, talking about how horrible of a sinner they are is what they’re supposed to do. And while it’s true that all our righteousness is as filthy rags, if you are God’s child, then you are redeemed and washed clean in Him. Guess what, you can do amazing things! Not because of your own amazingness, but because an amazing God created you. (And, of course non-christians were created by God, too, so they can do amazing things as well!)
When I see people fuss about how they look, how untalented they are, or what they can’t do, it makes me sad. It makes me think of the wonderful person God created, hidden under all the negativity. 

In Philippians 4:8 it says: 

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever 

is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

Does that sound like focusing on your shortcomings right there? No! When our mindset isn’t right, it can be detrimental to everything we do. Why don’t you try focusing on the things you’re good at? It can be hard at times, but if you really try it, I think you’ll be amazed, because you are able to make a difference! 

(Note: I’m not saying humans are perfect or can do anything. We live in a fallen world and are fallen people. We are made in the image of God though.) 

2 thoughts on “M is for Mindset

  1. David Mabe says:

    Being a musician, I've always struggled with people complimenting me on a song I've done. We moved to Houston, Texas when I was a teenager and we went to a small Baptist church where, the first time someone sang a special song for the service, I began clapping after they were done because they did a great job. All of a sudden, every eye in the church was boring holes right through me. I was instructed after the service that “we don't clap because that's giving glory to the singer.” I'd come from a more modern Baptist church before this, so I I was blown away. But because of that(it was in that church that I first started using my guitar talents for specials and such)I always felt like a crumb when people would walk up and compliment me on my performance. It felt awkward because I didn't know how to respond. Even now I still hesitate when I'm complimented. But as we, like you said, are creations of God, then complimenting us it still a compliment to God. I make it clear, in all situations, that my musical talents are God given. I don't do it on my own at all. Don't be afraid to take a compliment, as long as we do it in humility and in a boastful fashion akin to us saying “Look at what I did.” Because, if you get that attitude, God has a way of knocking you back down. 🙂 Great post, Aidyl.


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