Many of you know that Dale and I are big Alabama Football fans. We are part of the Tide Pride and enjoy watching and cheering on the Crimson Tide! And while some games may not be the most remembered, there are others that will never be forgotten. They are the games when one move, one fluke of a play, one special teams turn-over, SOMETHING turns the whole tide of the game (no pun intended!). Everything changes! The momentum, the enthusiasm, the hope, the focus….it ALL changes when one crucial element changes the game.
I believe that our lives make this same amazing turn when we grasp this one concept: when we learn to make choices based on our identity and not our circumstances.
When a circumstance comes into our lives, we often simply react to it. But what if we chose to engage God about it? What if we immediately stepped inward and said, “Father, what are you wanting me to learn about who You are and who I am in light of who You are, at this very moment?” “How would You like to use this to make me more like You?” Suddenly, everything changes with this new perspective! Instead of us seeing the circumstance as an interruption and irritant, we can with joy see it as an opportunity for growth!
So how do we begin to implement this new perspective when a circumstance hits?
- Step Back. Pause for a minute. Take a deep breath. Pull back for just a minute to get out of the initial fleshly reaction.
- Step In. Engage God inwardly with how He would have you respond in His likeness. Get in His presence quickly, and ask.
- Step Out. Joyfully respond as the Spirit has led you, trusting Him for the results.
No, this is not a dance move, nor a football training drill. This is the right path to steady spiritual growth. This ability to live from the inside out, instead of the outside in, can become a big game changer for us. We will find ourselves advancing spiritually at a much more accelerated level because we are so engaged with the Father in what He is doing to develop us into Christlikeness. Stepping back, stepping in, and then stepping back out to address the situation, and then, watching what God will do, can actually make problems become pleasurable!
God is training us to find His promise for every problem we face. God wants us to find more of His character for every circumstance.
What promise fits the current problem you face?
Write that promise on a piece of paper and put that promise in your pocket.
PUT A PROMISE IN YOUR POCKET FOR EVERY PROBLEM YOU FACE
“And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.” 2 Peter 1:4
Practice turning the tide on all of your life’s circumstances. Step back for a minute. Step into His presence. Then, step out with a Christlike response with a promise in your pocket, and watch your whole perspective of life completely change for the better.