I read an interesting quote today from psychology expert and best-selling author John Archer. He writes, “90% of long-term happiness is based upon how your brain is processing the world you find yourself in.”
In other words, happiness is an inside job. The only question is, what lens are we viewing our world through? Take a photo with the wrong lens, and you could end up with all kinds of issues such as distorted images, blurred subjects, and dull colors. That’s why it’s important to have just the right lens.
Optimists have a knack for seeing things from a different perspective. They can be put in the exact same situation as a pessimist, and while one sees a dark cloud, the other sees the beauty of a silver lining.
As believers, we’re given the opportunity to look at our lives from a different perspective. We have the ability to process this world through the lens of God’s Word. Viewing life through a hope of salvation gives us a reason to smile and 10,000 reasons to trust in His wisdom and power.
Optimism doesn’t mean that we ignore the problems around us, or that we fail to see them. It simply means that we look for the best, we hope for the best, and we trust God with the rest.
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Read Numbers 13:1-14:10 Two of the twelve spies stand out from the rest. How were their attitudes different from the other ten?
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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