Serendipity & God-Colored Glasses

Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2

Our attitudes are constantly bombarded, as we wrestle with our problems, as we watch the news and balance our checkbook. I suffer from stinking thinking, and it’s my constant challenge to refocus and renew my mind. I call it attitude maintenance. It’s like brushing our teeth, you can ignore a rotten attitue for a day or two, but let it go too long and—well you get the idea.

What if we change our thought patterns to view our circumstances in a brand new way? Make a choice not to dwell in the dark shadows, but scan the horizon until we find the one bright spot. One of my favorite props is a giant yellow magnifying glass. It sits on a shelf in my office to remind me to magnify the good that’s going on, not the bad. When I start to dwell on an irritation, I can just move my magnifying glass until I see something to be glad about. An instant lift in my spirits. Try it…

Transforming the mind doesn’t magically happen. It’s something we practice until it becomes routine. When we chew gum we don’t have to think about each jaw movement. When riding a bicycle, the knack comes back with a few turns around the block because we already struggled through the learning curve. Looking at life through God colored glasses allows us to see the serendipity in every moment.

Author Horace Walpole coined the word serendipity from a fairy tale, The Three Princes of Serendip, formerly Sri Lanka. As the princes lightheartedly traveled from kingdom to kingdom, they made remarkable discoveries—lucky finds—they were not in quest of.

Serendipity is a whimsical way of looking at life, being delighted by the unexpected, enhanced by new insights and surprise touches from God. What if we went about our day expecting serendipity? Even the sound of the word has a touch of magic in it.

Take this thought: Savor the serendipity. Don’t try and understand the mystery of life before embracing every moment.

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