Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. Philippians 4
Mine was skewed by comparing myself to someone else
instead of being content with the way God made me.
The image of a seemingly-perfect life made my own life seem depressing and dreary.
But you know what? It doesn't matter if someone else's life is perfect or pitiful ... I am not supposed to be judging mine according to theirs!
The talent, skills, appearance, intelligence, creativity, and strengths of another person are not the standard.
GOD is the standard.
His Word. His commands. His laws.
If I compare and contrast my life with nothing else but what is found in the pages of Scripture,
I will secure a proper and godly perspective that will keep my eyes focused on
my Creator - rather than the created.
Two days ago, I was not rejoicing in the Lord.
I was anxious.
I was not dwelling on what was true, right, lovely, or pure.
So I needed a fresh perspective.
A paradigm shift.
The Lord intervened, in His faithfulness, and renewed my mind.
Because He did, I can spend my time and energy focused on His will - loving Him with ALL of my heart, mind, soul, and strength - and think on the things that are GOOD.
Which in God's economy - is EVERYthing!
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12