Truth Tuesday – I Spy Something Lovely
Does your life feel a little messy today? Are there piles of laundry to do? Kitchen in disarray? Bills to pay? A long list of to-do’s to accomplish? An illness you didn’t expect? A marriage that is broken? Experiencing a time of difficulty?
We can easily get caught up in the moments that bring us stress and hurt, becoming fixated on them and allowing our thoughts to take a downward spiral. Our emotions can lead us running to the point we are drowning in doubt, negativity, discouragement and anxiety.
In these moments, I have found that I have to change my perspective and do it quickly before I drown in a pity party of despair. A game reminded me of one fun way to do this.
Have you ever played the game “I Spy”? It is a game where one person picks out an object they see and give a hint about it to the other people playing the game. Example – “I spy something blue.” After the hint is given, people try to figure out the object the person spies.
When I am facing emotions that want to lead me towards being discouraged, I use the premise of this game to change my thinking before it gets too out of control and at the same time live out Philippians 4:8 in my daily life? It goes like this…”Father, I spy something lovely ( or true, noble, right, pure, admirable, excellent, praisworthy) and I just want to praise you for it right now.
Here is an example of how I practiced this the other day. I was out doing my shopping and I had a lot to accomplish. My shopping got delayed when I ran into a few people that I had not seen in a very long time. In fact, delayed by more than an hour of standing and talking. As I write this, I think there may be those of you that are not bothered by this type of thing. But I am one of those task oriented people that can (but not always) find themselves agitated by interruptions…. just being real!! Oh and by the way…If you are the friends I ran into and you are reading this…please know that I truly loved our encounter!!
Anyway…back to my story… After talking to my friends, I began to feel agitated by what still had to be accomplished that day. I gathered up the remaining things on my list and made a bee line for the check out counter. As I approached the counter, I noticed a store clerk handing out samples and being verbally abused and berated by a shopper. I wanted to walk quickly by this and get in line to check out so I could get on my way to the next thing on my to-do list. My agitation was growing, but God was speaking to my heart right then and there. He wanted me to go back to the store clerk and give her a word of encouragement. For a few moments, I battled in my mind with the notion of just moving on to get out the door, but ultimately surrendered to what God wanted me to do. I turned around and went back to the sales clerk. I shared with her that I had overheard how the customer was treating her and I wanted to stop and tell her that God loved her very much and thought she was precious. The sales clerk had tears in her eyes as she grabbed me, hugged me and thanked me for saying this.
In this moment, I said God…I spy something lovely. You have used me to express your love to this woman. I suddenly felt the agitation lift. I realized God had used the delay by friends so I could minister His love to the sales clerk just when she needed words to lift her wounded heart. In the middle of Costco, my perspective changed. The delay and all the frustration that was building up in me became a sanctuary of worship. It started with a choice. A choice to pause and see something lovely.
May I encourage you today to look around you. Look at your unmet expectations, your hurts, your frustrations, your interruptions, your battles, your messes and choose to say, “Father, I spy something lovely!”.
Have a grace full week thinking oodles and oodles of true, noble, right, lovely, admirable, excellent and praise worthy things ~