The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed she had only two hairs on her head. "Hmmm," she said, "I think I'll part my hair in the middle today." So she did, and she had a great day.
The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror, and noticed that she had only one hair on her head. "Well," she said, "I think I'll wear my hair in a ponytail." So she did, and she had a marvelous day.
The next day, she woke up, looked in the mirror, and saw that there wasn't a single hair on her head. "Yea!" she exclaimed. "I don't have to fix my hair today." And she had a superb day.
Friends, although the story above is fictional, the message it communicates is very real and powerful. Pursuing a positive perspective is so important, and it is a personal choice we must make every moment of every day! It is easy to dwell on the negative aspects of our existence and turn potentially good days into rotten ones by choosing to let worry, frustration, and bitterness make a home in our hearts. But, what good does that do? None whatsoever! Choose to have a positive perspective about things and all of your days will be good ones (though some will still stand out above others).
So, if you find yourself with thinning hair (or none at all), what will you do? If you find yourself with very poor health, what will you do? If you find yourself suffering from the loss of a loved one, what will you do? If you find yourself struggling financially to make ends meet, what will you do? If you find yourself buried with problems and challenging situations, what will you do? The answer to all of these questions should be the same for the Christian: "I will pursue a positive perspective. I will choose to have a positive outlook and make the best of difficult circumstances, no matter what they are or how much they hurt."
"OK Stephen, all of that is easier said than done!" Indeed, but you can do it with God's help. The Scriptures tell us how: "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things" (Phil. 4:8). Don't meditate or dwell on the bad stuff in life but rather choose to concentrate on the numerous wonderful blessings the Lord has enriched your existence with. Additionally, Romans 12:2 commands - "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." Renewing our minds daily with the blessed Scriptures and the wonderful message of righteousness, peace, and joy contained therein will help us retain positive mental health. You can have a great day any day--if you want to and if you choose to.