Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8)
The popular writer, Marianne Williamson, helps us understand that, “Our key to transforming anything lies in our ability to reframe it.” David was the youngest, and hence the lowliest of his father’s sons. But he reframed his world by challenging Goliath in God’s name. He continued to reframe himself into a king and a blessed servant of the Divine. The Apostle Peter saw himself as a simple fisherman, but he reframed his life as he worked with Jesus to bring God’s message to the world. The Apostle Paul was one of the greatest examples of reframing one’s life. He was a murderer of the earliest Christians, and reframed his understanding of God, and God’s children. He went on to transform the way Christianity was lived out for the next two thousand years.
With each of these examples, God had a hand in reframing these individuals’ lives. Second, each one of these individuals was given a special moment when they could express their ability to make change. Third, they didn’t sit on the sideline, but jumped up and took advantage of their situation. Further, they were prepared so when the moment arrived, they were ready to make this change. David practiced using his slingshot to protect his sheep. Paul worshiped God and knew the same Hebrew Scriptures as his Messiah.
All of us have areas in our lives we wish could be improved. For many years I had a hard time slowing my mind down, relaxing, and being able to concentrate for extended periods of time. I was able to reframe my situation, no longer beating myself down for not being able to study for long periods in silence. Instead, I affirmed the abundance of energy within me. I also found that I was able to concentrate longer if I had background stimulation. I started having the television on in the background while I studied, and my performance actually improved. By reframing my lack of energy control, I was able to find an alternative means of accomplishing my goals.
Today, consider areas in your life where you believe yourself to be inadequate. Rather than continuing to beat yourself down, try reframing your situation. Find a way to see a value in what you or others consider a weakness. Then, find a way through the situation by working on the weakness. Seek the Spirit’s support as you slowly reframe your situation. This is a spiritual issue, because when you address issues that keep you from living confidently, your inability to fulfill God’s call is reduced. Reframing challenges in your life will bring health and wholeness. It is worth your time. Remember, nothing is too challenging to be reframed, with God’s help.