I often find myself at a certain restaurant where you're able to order from a kiosk. I usually get the same thing each time, so the process typically mirrors itself — I walk in, head to an open kiosk, select my order, and grab the receipt containing my order number.
I then make my way over to the hand off counter, fold the excessively long receipt in half twice so that it is better contained, then start getting frustrated. And no, not frustrated cause it's taking so long to prepare whatever goodies I'm there for! I get frustrated because due to the length of my receipt, every single time I fold it in half twice it cuts most of my order number off! Is folding my receipt in half with the ability to read my order number too much to ask?
Just last week I found myself walking up to that hand off counter once again, but this time was different. I stood there, receipt in hand, knowing what was about to occur — and that's when I saw the light. It was in that moment that I couldn't believe how ridiculous I was being for getting annoyed with something so small. It was in that moment that I realized, even though it was easiest and most preferred, I could fold that receipt in more ways than simply in half. It was also in that moment that I asked myself how often we do this very exact thing in various different areas in our lives?
I will be the very first to admit that the scenario in which these thoughts came to the forefront of my mind is quite petty, however the principle of the matter stays true and it is this principle that had my wheels turning.
Standing there experiencing my perspective shift, I decided to fold the receipt differently — and it wasn't hard at all. I laughed at myself for the useless frustration all the times prior and asked myself what other bigger areas of my life are just waiting on a perspective shift to experience freedom.
How often do we have the power to change something, but we complain instead? How often do we pray, and even pray HARD, for something when we actually hold the answer to our own prayer in our hands? How often can we be the solution? How often can we be the change? Yet despite this power, we can’t shift our perspective into that place.
How often do we miss out on power God places in our hands because we are stuck in our ways? As I take the time to reflect on this in my own life, I encourage you to do the same thing in yours. I truly believe you'll laugh at yourself when you realize some of the avoidable frustrations and problems you are facing.