Getting a different outlook on life

Words of Worship is a weekly column published for the Port Pirie Ministers' Association.
Words of Worship is a weekly column published for the Port Pirie Ministers' Association.

We live in a world of constant opinions and suggestions and protocols of others.  We are constantly trying to measure up, and shape up to someone’s expectation of us.

We can feel at times that life doesn’t give us permission to succeed, do well or move ahead. In fact, life’s rules at times simply don’t help.

During the Colonial rule of India, a railroad station superintendent was reprimanded by his superiors for failing to follow protocol, and making decisions without waiting for orders from headquarters.

One day, these same superiors received the following startling telegram: “Tiger on platform eating conductor. Please send instructions and protocol.” So what are you waiting for?

For somebody else to give you permission to be the best “you” that, you can be, to fulfil that dream, to achieve that amazing ambition you have?

Let me suggest one small truth I’ve found that helps me, and possibly this might help somebody else, it’s this: “your outlook on life can determine your outcome in life”.

So, in trying to change your outcomes in life, maybe try changing your outlook. I heard about this man. He was the only Protestant in a large Catholic neighbourhood.

Maybe ask God to help you to get a different outlook on where life has you and what is going on.

Every Friday during Lent, while his neighbours were eating cold fish, he was in his backyard grilling a steak. They couldn't stand the temptation. So, they decided to try to convert him to Catholicism. He finally agreed.

A priest came over, sprinkled water on his head, said you were born a Baptist, you were raised a Baptist, but now you're a Catholic. But the next year, on the first Friday of Lent they smelled the same smell. They rushed to his house. He was in his backyard sprinkling water over his steak saying “you were born a cow, you were raised a cow, but now you're a fish.

Maybe it’s time you started calling life differently. Start seeing things a bit differently, saying things a bit differently. Maybe ask God to help you to get a different outlook on where life has you and what is going on.  

Ps Mark Broadbridge, New Life Church