Today I was thinking about a conversation I once had with my daughter. I began to ponder on how most of us struggle with falling short, even when we are doing our very best.
In our conversation she shared with me how she had been cleaning and working all weekend yet had not finished her kitchen cleaning yet. She didn’t list the things she had completed in those two days, yet she fretted over the one thing she didn’t finish.
I understood exactly how she felt. I will often go into the office early and work. I work hard to get my writings done, all paperwork caught up, emails answered, prayers sent out to partners. By days end I have accomplished a great deal. Yet, the thing that remains on my mind, is the one thing I didn’t get done.
If most of our house is clean, we fret about the one room we didn’t get to. If we eat good all week long, we worry about the day we had two cupcakes. If our kids get all A’s and one B, that one B seems to capture our attention more so than all the A’s they made.
Falling short, we all feel it.
Falling short is a concept in our mind. One that needs to be changed.
On days you feel you are failing or falling short, stop looking at all that is left undone. Instead, acknowledge all the things that were accomplished. Instead of looking at all the things you are doing wrong, look at all the things you are doing right.
Furthermore, please pass this way of thinking on to your children. Instead of looking at all the places they are falling short, acknowledge and celebrate the things they are doing right. Give them more compliments than criticism. It will be life changing for them. Their attitudes will change, and their life will become easier because they feel accepted and celebrated.
Life is filled with so many good things, but we can’t see them if we are focused on the negative. We may have many wonderful accomplishments, but we won’t recognize them if we are only looking at our shortcomings.
The good news is we can renew our minds. We can literally change the way we think.
Philippians 4:8 says, Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable— if anything is excellent or praiseworthy— think on these things.
Once we begin to focus on the good things and the goodness of God, the rest will fall away. We only need to train our minds to think on what God instructs us to think on.
Today, as you go about your day, don’t focus on what you do not finish. Focus on your accomplishments. Don’t look at your shortcomings, celebrate at your achievements.
Instead of beating yourself up for what you didn’t do, thank God for all He helped you do. Whatever is good and lovely…think on that. Shift your mind. It will change your life.
Yes, think on the good things. As for the rest, let it go, it will be there tomorrow.
Meditate on this!
Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2