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Is what you want, really what you want?.001

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This is Ray’s current newspaper article.

It doesn’t take much to have – “It’s always something” pop into our mind. Just think about your life and I bet it won’t take long to have an example on the tip of your tongue. Perhaps you’ve said this in the aftermath of the epic hailstorm that happened months ago. It can pop out of our mouths just when we thought we’d finally get a little breathing room financially. You know what I mean – don’t you? Money is tight but you have buy presents, repair something, pay for kids activities or get groceries with just a little bit of money. “It’s always something” can also come from your job, a relationship or just everyday circumstances. But it’s there…seemingly around every corner ready to pounce on us.

My goal right now is to forever change, “It’s always something” for you. First, in order to change our perspective we have to start by changing our minds. If we change what we put into our minds, then we change what we believe. Once we change what we believe, we change the way we live. So, what if we started to focus our minds on “It’s always something” from a different perspective? I used to be (and at times can still be) an, “It’s always something” kinda guy. But over the last number of years I’ve started to see this term in a different light. When I think I am alone, it’s always something that will remind me that the Lord is with me. When I’m fearful, it’s always something that reminds me that the Lord has told me, “Don’t be afraid, don’t be discouraged…” When something comes up financially, it’s always something that helps me remember that the Lord has always provided (though it’s not always been easy). When I feel I am at the end of my rope, it’s always something that will show me that the Lord is not at the end of His. When I feel like I am in need, it’s always something that will change my perspective and help me remember how much I have.

I feel like maybe I should apologize to you. You see, now that you’ve read this, it’ll be hard to ever use that term without being reminded that you can flip it and see it from a positive side. Just wait and see. I do realize that some of you might think, I’d really love to have this perspective but that’s not my reality. I understand and can relate.  But what if the Lord really does have this perspective for you even if you don’t feel very close to Him? Imagine how this would impact your life and the lives of others if this was true? I’m someone who didn’t buy the whole, “Jesus and church thing” till I was 27 years old. As a result,  I’m still amazed that the best environment for me to grow in this perspective has been with the people of the local church. Don’t get me wrong, you’ll have to search for the one that is right for you. But if a changed mind, a changed belief and a changed life could be at the end of the search, don’t you think it’s worth a shot? My hope is that whenever you think that a perspective like this could never be real in your life…Something will happen that will encourage and you’ll be able to say with a grin, “It’s always something.”

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