43 – We See Life Differently

When you look at your life what do you see?  Abundance, blessings, opportunities, joy, elegance, success or lack, drama, clutter or discouragement?  

Does it even matter?  Yes! And in week 43 of our 52 Weeks of Chic we discovery why.

In Numbers 13 Moses sends twelve spies to check out the land God has promised the Israelites. Forty days later they returned.  13:18 – 28

Ten spies saw a beautiful land but there were problems – “the people who live in the land are strong  . . .” 13:28.  “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are too strong for us.” “So they gave out to the sons of Israel a bad report of the land . .” 13:32.  This is life viewed through a defeated, negative, pity inspired lens. 

The battle was lost based only on what they saw.

Interestingly, these same ten men also witnessed a sea part, manna and quail rain down and God’s glory accompany them with a cloud by day and a fire by night. They had a front row seat to miracles my mind sometimes cannot even comprehend.

But two men from that group saw the same land much differently. 

“The land which we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land.  If the Lord is pleased with us, then He will bring us in to this land  . . . only do not rebel against the Lord and do not fear the people of the land  . . .” 14:1 – 10.  

To really understand the importance of how we view life we must fast forward to this story’s ending.  

“As for the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land and returned and made all the congregation grumble against him by bringing out a bad report concerning the land, even those men who brought out the very bad report of the land died by a plague before the Lord. But Joshua, the son of Nun and Caleb, the son of Jephunneh remained alive out of those men who sent to spy out the land.” 14:36 – 38

Ten men missed out on God’s promised land. Two men made it their home.

Ten men died in their wilderness while two men walked into their promised land.

It’s the woman who has suffered tremendous tragedies yet remains joyful versus the woman greatly blessed yet is always focusing on only what she lacks.

The lens through which we view life matters, placing us on the playground or the battlefield, dictating our emotions, determining our attitudes and happiness and deciding whether we stay stuck in the wilderness or walk into our promised land. 

Caleb and Joshua saw EXACTLY the same thing then other ten men did.

But ten men looked through lens of fear while two viewed it through the lens of faith. 

Yes how you view your world matters!    

It’s the difference between abundance or lack, peace or anxiety, happiness or discontentment and success or failure. 

And for that reason alone, we see life differently. 

And just an afterthought, spend time with those who see life from a winner’s perspective. The conversation is different. You will notice a change in how you view the world, your attitude and how you show up on a daily basis.

Sandra Hubbard 

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