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Romans 12:2 Easy-to-Read Version
Don’t change yourselves to be like the people of this world, but let God change you inside with a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to understand and accept what God wants for you. You will be able to know what is good and pleasing to him and what is perfect.
I might as well face it, I can’t change … other people.
But I can change … my attitude towards them … instead of fussing and fretting over why they say and do what they say and do … allow them the grace to be God’s child exactly the way He made them … not the way I would have made them.
I might as well face it, I can’t change … the weather
But I can change … my attitude towards it … embracing sun, rain, sleet, snow, storms, wind, as marvelous examples of God’s Mighty Creativity and Power.
I might as well face it, I can’t change … how fast time is moving now in my life.
But I can change … what I do with my time … instead of frantically trying to cram every moment with activities … calmly releasing control and have life present itself to me … in so doing … I will surely experience delightful surprises.
I might as well face it, I can’t change … what others think of me.
But I can change … what I think of myself … if I spent as much time being proud of myself and being thankful for what I am able to do and accomplish … as I do punishing myself … what others think of me wouldn’t matter … AND … their opinion of me would probably be as positive as mine.
I might as well face it, I can’t change … the toll aging is having on my body.
But I can change … how old I feel … despite aches and pains creeping into my daily life with increasing regularity … I can refuse to give in or give up … I want to enjoy laughing and playing and having fun until I am one hundred and one!
I might as well face it, I can’t change … somebody’s mind.
But I can change … how I view their opinions … there’s no way for me to know how an individual came to have certain thoughts and beliefs … but I can share with them my story and together we can learn more about each other.
I might as well face it, I can’t change … the fact that I’m bipolar.
But I can change … my outlook on my disease … I have a chemical imbalance … I take meds … I see my therapist and psychiatrist on a regular basis … I choose to believe my diagnosis is a gift … I feel things deeply … I see the details in things in ways most people don’t … I understand others have their own crosses to bear … I have compassion for other’s weaknesses … I can change how they look at my disease and it’s advantages and challenges.
I might as well face it, I can’t change … what I’ve said or done in the past.
But I can change … what I say or do from here on out … easier said than done … I am far from perfect … no one is perfect but God … thank You, Lord, for trying to help me day by day … hour by hour … minute by minute … I know what a tall order that is … but You are God Almighty … and with You, ALL things are possible.
I might as well face it, I can’t change … my feelings.
But I can change … how I express them.
I might as well face it, I can’t change … this world.
But I can change … how this world affects me … I can moan and groan over the evil ever-present … or I can discover Your GOOD in the world, Lord, and help others see the beauty, love, joy, and peace that surround them!
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