As we grow, we develop filters through which we see our lives. Aiden, at three, sees the world differently than I do. We spent tonight together playing and watching cartoons. He’ll run his toy trains through imaginary worlds while making sound effects and cheering them on. He trusts people. He’ll follow Carter even if he ends up hurting himself in the process.
He has yet to be spoiled by negativity.
At the moment, I’m making my way through Mark Batterson’s book, If, and it is a powerful process. In the chapter I read last night, he writes about a shift in perspective that can change your life as you start the new year:
“Spiritually speaking, the tipping point is when you believe, without any reservation, that God if for you. It is the revelation that God doesn’t just love you, he likes you.”
We project our life experiences onto God. One part of psychology believes that we see God as we do our father figures. If our father happened to be vacant, we take the same insight to understanding the one who gave us life and breath.
It is the essence of faith for many. “If bad things happen, they must be from God as all things are from God and we are clearly being punished.” Entire systems of faith build their towers on this idea as it drives money into offering buckets.
How would your life change if you adapted Batterson’s statement above. What if God is for you, not just every now and then, but every single moment? What if God cares for you and wants good things for you, for me, and for everyone?
This changes the narrative and breaks down walls of separation.
When I think back on all I’ve done and experienced, that small voice speaks up too quickly and tells me that I’m not worthy. How can God love me and, especially, how can he like me?
That’s the gift of the cross. The one sacrifice to seal the deal and prove for all time that God has our best interests at heart.
So as you look towards a new year, drive it into your head. Write it down. Make it part of your daily prayer life. Tell your children, spouse, and family.
God loves you and likes you. Use this is a base for what is coming. Shift your perspective and you’ll see even more fall into place.
It is time for 2016 to change everything. Let’s make it happen.