A week ago our side-by-side refrigerator/freezer died. Since we will likely be moving in the next few months it didn’t make sense right now to purchase another so we’re using an old fridge from our garage and purchased a small chest freezer for overflow.
The non-working fridge is still in our kitchen. It took several days before I stopped opening the doors to get something out or put something away, still conditioned to reach for that spot in the kitchen. Finally it seemed I was conditioned to walk out to the breezeway for refrigerated goods. I was finally re-programmed to a different path.
Or was I???
This morning as I reached for cream for my coffee I saw the doors propped open slightly on the non-working fridge and thought, “Oh NO! Someone didn’t close the refrigerator door tight.” In that split second I had images of spoiled food and no cream for my coffee (not a happy thought!). Then just as soon as that thought came out it was replaced with, “Duh…the fridge is on the breezeway now!” I fetched my cream and sipped my morning beverage, still somewhat dumbfounded that I’m not yet reprogrammed on such a simple thing.
What about on more important issues?
From childhood each of us is programmed to look at the world and the people in it a certain way. Some of us were raised with prejudices and our minds programmed to expect not that every cloud has a silver lining but that every cloud means rain. This mindset often makes us quick to judge without knowing all the facts or details of a situation. Our environment doesn’t help either with tabloids looking to create drama from every situation, sensationalizing the details and usually seeking negative even when it doesn’t exist.
The bible has very specific directions towards how we are to address every situation we encounter and people whom we meet:
Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Philippians 4:8
It’s not too late to reprogram the way we look at the world around us and the people in it. If we concentrate on the positive and sift every negative thought for truth we will begin to expect different outcomes.
Allowing the Holy Spirit to show us through the eyes of Jesus what is deeper than the surface of a situation will also change our perspective to see the truth and perhaps how we can be part of a solution instead of rushing to quick judgement.
Now, before you tell me you’re too old and set in your ways to be reprogrammed, or that it’s just fighting a losing battle please consider this:
If we, as children of God go the way of the world instead of the way of Jesus, how will the world come to know Him?
When we choose to stay set in our ways, rush to judgement on others and continually see the negative instead of a glimmer of good we cannot make a difference in this world. We begin to blend into the darkness and the light of Jesus is snuffed out.
I’m feeling a little convicted this morning…and all from a refrigerator!
Blessings and peace to you as you consider how God is speaking to you.