Have you ever heard this Shakespeare quote? "Nothing is either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." It is one of my favorites.
I’m certainly not dismissing any of the many challenges and struggles that we have in life. Financial crises, relationship issues, addictions, illness; they are very real! Because we live in a fallen world, we cannot escape its trials. We can, however, adjust the way we think.
How often are we faced with situations that rattle us… a canceled flight, a sick child on Christmas day or maybe an argument with a spouse or friend. The initial response for most of us is “this is not good”. Or perhaps it is bigger issues such as a divorce, a financial crisis, or an abortion that you cannot reverse. We often get stuck in “this is bad”! While we do not have the ability to change the circumstances, we are given the opportunity to see them differently. Truthfully it does not instantly take the pain or heartbreak away but it does begin to help us see something good is in the midst. It brings hope. When we no longer label situations and circumstances as bad, they become a quest for something better and it opens the door for God to move!!
Shakespeare was not alone in understanding the power of our thoughts. Nor was he alone in discovering how to make bad things good. The Bible tells us in Roman’s 12… “Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.” And in Genesis 50:20 we discover Who makes bad things good. “But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive”.
The world says we have a right to be angry or bitter when we have been rejected or abandoned. The world screams shame and guilt when we mess up. The world says we have to “fix it” when things look broken. Kingdom living is different; God says he can turn all things to good if we let him. Every situation, good or bad has something tangible in it for us to receive and even enjoy. “My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties, see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can!” James 1:2
Talking to God is a great place to start when you face trials. Ask Him, “What are you doing God?” “What do you want me to know?” As you spend time with him, He will tell you. I don’t think He will tell you to hide in shame or to be angry. I believe He will have a plan that will lead to freedom.
When we get stuck in our own thinking, we build a wall that is not easily penetrated. Seeds of bitterness and disappointment take hold. Guilt and shame seep in. They choke out the seeds of joy and peace and patience and we become imprisoned by our thoughts. It keeps us from all God has for us. Whether it’s an abortion, a divorce, or a death, God doesn’t want us to just recover, he wants us to prosper! He wants us to find joy.
Our ministry is committed to growing godly relationships and to walking through life together. We are called to help heal and restore. “Two are better than one...If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.” Ecclesiastes 4:9 If you have had an abortion in your past or even if you have not but have been slammed with adversity, we are here for you.