Interpretation: Translation of Life

Interpretation: Translation of Life

The hard work of changing our perspective         

  • Begin a process to investigate how you see the world.
  • Make two lists:
  • everything good in your life;
  • everything bad in your life.
  • Now examine your lists.
  • Which list is longer?
  • Which list came more naturally?
  • Is it easier for you to be pessimistic or to be optimistic?
  • Place yourself on a scale of optimism versus pessimism.
  • Write your life story in one page as a pessimist.
  •  Now write it in one page as an optimist.
  •  Now write it as if you were convinced that God is at work in your life and intends only good for you.
  • Now begin reinterpreting life through this filter: “I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future,” says the Lord.
  • Write down every good and beautiful thing that has ever happened to you.
  •  Take time to record everything you have learned and gained from your failures and hardships.
  •  Begin a practice of identifying every good and beautiful act or experience that comes your way.
  • Train yourself to see life as a miracle by thanking God continuously for your life.
  • See the world through God’s eyes by always finding the hope and joy in every circumstance.

SOURCE: The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art by Erwin McManus

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