Keep The Right Perspective | Victoria Osteen
The first step to living an extraordinary life is to see yourself the way God sees you. You are His masterpiece, and you were created for an extraordinary purpose!
Hi. This is Victoria. Thank you so much for downloading this podcast.
I believe God has amazing things in your future. I hope you enjoy this message.
Thank you, father.
And we’re here and in your love. Amen. So how’s your outlook on life today?
You can get up this morning, ready to embrace the day? I believe that you did.
But, you know, there’s too many people that allow their circumstance to dictate their attitude.
They don’t even realize that their attitude is a choice that they make every single day.
See, the Bible tells us to consistently and constantly put on this fresh new mental attitude.
See, we choose the way we see life.
We can either look at what’s good in life and decide to be grateful about that, or we can look at what didn’t work out and how things didn’t go our way and allow it to give us a negative perspective on life.
We’ve all heard that saying, the glass half full or the glass half empty.
You see, that saying is so timeless because it makes such an amazing point.
See, the water in the glass is the same amount.
It’s just how one chooses to see the water that makes all the difference in the world.
I know this girl that kind of always had a bin towards negative.
You could ask her, how are you doing today? And it was almost funny.
You could predict she was going to start telling you the things that were going wrong in her life.
One day, she said, oh, I was late to work. I had to take my children to the doctor.
The doctor didn’t open till 9 o’clock.
She said, now I have to stay late at the office because there’s so much work for me to do.
And, you know, you’re listening to this, and it almost makes you grim because you’re thinking you’re kidding, right?
Then she goes on to say, my house is a disaster when I get home late from work.
My husband doesn’t know how to work the vacuum cleaner.
He doesn’t know to how to work the dishwasher on and on.
And you know, when you listen to this, you realize, you know what?
She probably got a pretty good husband. In fact, I know her husband, And he’s a good man.
He has a good job. He works hard.
He loves to take the kids out on Saturdays, and she can have the whole house to herself.
But instead of looking at the richness in her life, she chooses to look at the negative.
And when you begin to focus on the negative, you know what you see? More negative.
And when you see this negative, It’s like swimming against the current. It’s just a struggle.
It’s difficult, and it’s hard. I believe that we need to learn how to manage our thoughts.
We need to learn how to rearrange our thoughts.
So that we can literally see what we have and then enjoy what we have.
The other day, uh, walked past one room in my house. It’s my living room.
And sometimes when I go in there, I think I don’t like the way this room looks.
Fact, I thought, I wish I could just get rid of all this furniture and start over.
That would be so amazing. I found myself walking by the past the room several times, you know, as the days went on and looking in there and having just a really negative attitude towards that room, almost like, And then I realized I’m not gonna be getting any new furniture anytime soon, so I better just go in there and rearrange the furniture.
So I began shifting the furniture, putting towels under the legs of the couch.
How many of you women did? Pulling that couch, scooting everything around.
You know, by the time I finally finished, I stepped back, and I looked at that room, and I thought, I like this room.
This looks really good. I went and got myself a cup of tea sat on the couch.
I thought, I’ve never seen that piece of furniture from that perspective.
That really looks good the way that curves around there.
You see, I was able to have a fresh new attitude about that room.
I was able to see it differently because I rearranged it.
And just the way I rearranged my furniture, We need to rearrange our thoughts.
We need to push our thoughts around so our thoughts don’t push us around.
You know, when you get down and discouraged, you need to recognize what it is.
And you need to stop and think, what am I thinking about?
And I think, oftentimes, we need to rearrange our thoughts in simple ways.
1, we need to be grateful, but sometimes we just need to change the atmosphere that we’re in.
Have you ever been working in the office and you’re, you’re tired and you think, you know what?
I just need a break. Maybe you need to walk outside and begin to look at the trees and the sunshine and the sky and the buds on the flower, the texture of the bark.
And begin to just say, isn’t that beautiful what god has created to just stop and think about something differently?
You see, I believe sometimes it will simply just change our routine.
Maybe there’s some things that we’re doing that we need to not be doing anymore.
A friend of mine said that every day she would go out to lunch with the same group of people, and she loved her friends and all.
But when she got back to work, it was just like, oh, man, I’ve got half a day to go.
She made this conscious decision.
She said, you know, I don’t like the way I’m feeling about my job, how I’m just being so mundane about it.
She said, I’m gonna choose a few new people to go to lunch with.
So she looked around her office, and she asked some different people to go to lunch with her.
In fact, she got a new little group And she said, I had so much fun just getting in a new group of people, listening to their ideas, their jokes the way they were.
She said, I came back to work, and she said, I had a new perspective.
I was ready to tackle that day. It was so refreshing.
You see, sometimes, we just need to get a new outlook on what we already have.
I heard about this man who was really down. He was really discouraged.
He went to one of his pastors at the church.
And he told him, he said, my life is just I just don’t have anything good going on.
My life is just a wreck.
The pastor said, come on into my office, and let’s just sit down and talk a little bit.
The pastor pulled out this legal pad of paper.
He drew a line down the center of it, and he said, let’s take this little test.
He said, on the right side, I’m gonna put all your assets, all the things that are good in your life.
On the left side, I’m gonna put your challenges your problems, your disappointments.
The man just kinda hung his head, and he said, you know, I’m not gonna have anything right in my life.
The pastor said, let’s just go ahead and take the test.
He said, you know, I am so sorry to hear that your wife passed away.
He looked up, and he said, my wife didn’t pass away. She’s alive, and she’s healthy. He said, really?
He wrote on the right side of the page. Wife? Alive and healthy.
He said, that’s a shame that your house burnt down.
The man looked at him, and he said, what are you talking about? My house didn’t burn down?
I’m living in my house. He said, oh, he wrote on the right side of the page, living in a house.
The man said, where are you getting all this ridiculous information?
The pastor looked at him, and then he wise up.
And he realized, He’s trying to show me a new perspective, a new way of thinking.
By the time they finished their little session, That man had listed several things on the right side of the page that was right in his life, and he left out of there with a good attitude and a spring in his step.
Amen. Have you ever heard that saying that says, you’re attitude determines your altitude.
What that means is is there our attitudes have a direct correlation with the success in our life.
Have you ever met somebody with just a good attitude? They always saw the solutions and not the problems.
They felt like they could tackle anything. It makes you wanna just be around that person.
See, your attitude can determine your altitude All of you know the story about Joshua and Caleb, they were 2 of the 12 spies that Moses picked to go into Canaan, which was the promised land that god had, uh, promised the Israelites when they left Egypt.
And so Joshua and Caleb and 10 other spies were directed by Moses to go into canaan and to buy out the land.
To see what the cities were like, see what the people were like, look at the vegetation.
He even said, bring back some of the the vegetation so we can see what the soil is like and what it’s producing.
So the 12 men went into the land of canaan.
They were there for 40 days They collected these huge grapes. They saw these amazing pomegranates.
They saw the people. They wandered around for 40 days.
And when they got back to the camp, every one of those men said the land is rich.
It is indeed land that is flowing with milk and honey just like we have heard.
But the difference was that 10 of those men took what they saw, and they perceived it different.
They perceived it as It was great land.
It was flowing with milk and honey, but there are giants in the land.
The cities have huge walls around them, We’ll never be able to conquer those people because they’re way bigger than we are in comparison to us.
We look like grasshoppers in our own site.
They began to take what they perceived and spread it throughout the whole camp two million people.
Can you imagine they just went in and spread that?
Well, when Joshua and Caleb said, we saw the same thing. The land is good.
It is what god said it was.
We need to go up right now, and we need to take that land at once.
And if god is pleased with us, we’ll be successful. Ken spies saw the glass.
Half empty, where 2 spies saw the glass half full.
It’s amazing how your attitude can affect what you see.
Joshua and Caleb, although they had a good report, that good report was not good enough to diffuse the negative rumors that had spread throughout all the people.
It was so negative that the Bible says they were crying and complaining and murmuring, saying, can we just go back to Egypt?
And do you know the lord told Moses?
He said every one of you are gonna go back to Egypt because of your bad attitude your murmuring, your complaining, your perception of who I am in your life.
But the point of my story, and the one that I really want us to see today is this, that god gave Joshua and Caleb a second chance to enter the promised land.
The Bible says that the 40 days that those men were examining the promised land That’s how long that the children in Israel were going to wonder in the wilderness, 1 year for every day, They were gonna wonder 40 years in the wilderness.
Now can I tell you the ones with the good report, Joshua and Caleb, the ones With the attitude, if we can take the land, they also had to wonder in the wilderness for 40 years?
But the Bible says this about them. They were of a different spirit.
One version says, an excellent spirit.
So when it was their opportunity after 40 years to take the younger generation into the promised land, This is what Caleb said.
He said, listen, I’m stronger, and I’m more determined than ever to take this land.
When they thrived in the wilderness for 40 years, the rest of them died in the wilderness.
Can I tell you when you have a perception of who god is, when you can look out over your situation, and you can have a good attitude using what you have and valuing what you have, you can make it through the struggles of life?
You can make it through the wilderness moments better off and more determined than you ever thought you were.
When Joshua and Caleb were about to go in. This is what they spoke to the younger generation.
This was their mantra, their leadership vision. They said, guys, I can only imagine.
He looked at all them, and he said, choose ye this day who you will serve.
He was saying, every day, choose your attitude.
Every day, you can choose the way you see life.
Choose today how you’re gonna see this journey into the promised land.
And he said for me and my house, we’re gonna serve the lord.
We’re gonna choose to all of our local offense.
We’re gonna choose to quiet the discouraging voices that would try to come against us.
We’re gonna choose to believe that god is a big god, and we’re gonna hope on in faith.
You see, I believe when we take inventory of our thoughts. We will be like Joshua and Caleb.
In fact, we’ll outlast anything that the enemy is trying to come against us with and we’ll go in and we’ll take the land that god has given us.
Amen. Amen. He’s an awesome god. It’s January. Time to renew my faith.
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