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We all tend to think that the solution to any problem is to change circumstances.

Change locations.

Change relationships.

Change schedules.

Change ministries.

Change the amount of money in the bank.

Change the amount of time in a day.

Change the people in our lives.

And the list continues.

Changing external things may help bring temporary escape from hardship. But discontentment, distrust, dissatisfaction, or dread will likely follow you wherever you go.

Sometimes we just can’t change our circumstances, and we’re left with the awful oppression of helplessness and hopelessness.

We need to change our hearts, even in the midst of circumstances that don’t change. How different would things feel if compassion took the place of animosity toward the ignorant person we have to work with? How much less anxiety would we have, even while still under constant leadership pressure, if we stopped expecting outcomes that God doesn’t expect from us? How much more acceptance would we have for unachieved goals if we found comfort in our faithfulness and not just material success? How much more patient endurance would we have if we didn’t let our emotions rise and fall with the events of the day? 

It’s simple but not easy. We have to guide our hearts to see everything from God’s point of view and not our own. Here are a few questions you can ask to help your heart see beyond your circumstances:

Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard YOUR heart, for everything YOU do flows from it.”

Your heart is your ticket to freedom, no matter the circumstances.

Praying for your ministry & leadership,

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