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What Filter is on Your Life?

And Instagram filter will change the way you see a picture.  Filters use different camera and image techniques to change the way you see the image.
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As an example, here’s a photo of me and my honey during our honeymoon:
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Here’s the same photo through a few different filters.
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Same photo, but each has a different perspective because of the filter that was used. As I was browsing through some of the filters, I started thinking about how the same can be true of our lives. What filter is on your life, or even your day?
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The Worship Filter

A few weeks ago, I had a crummy day.  I felt betrayed, I felt backed into a corner, someone else used me as a doormat, using horrific language. I’m the worship leader at my local church, and that night we had a practice scheduled. To be honest, I went begrudgingly. I had had a horrible day and I just wanted to sit and mope.
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But as I began to worship the Lord, even in a practice, my mood began to change. I started focusing on HIM and began thinking less about myself.  In other words, I was putting a filter on my day.
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Worship says, "More of you and less of me" Life Filter | Ashley Varner
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How do you put on the worship filter? Begin listening to music that lifts up the name of Jesus.  I want to challenge you to only listen to worship music for 30 days.  Come back and comment on how it changed your thinking.  There’s something about using music to lift Jesus up that changes your attitude almost immediately.  Try it and see!
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The Comparison Filter

We need to cut the chains of comparison before we fall captive to it.  Pre-school drop off was a struggle against comparison.  I would show up to the school and see another mother who dropped off her child while wearing her pajamas, and I’m embarrassed to say that it may me walk a little taller.  Like “I have it all together and this poor mom is barely making it.”  UNTIL, after I dropped off my child and am walking back to my car and see a beautiful mother, elegantly dressed, carrying a tray of homemade, baked from scratch cupcakes that look like they were decorated by someone on cake wars, and the cupcakes are probably organic to top it all off.  Then I feel horrible about myself.
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Comparison is a really volatile feeling, so we need to nip it in the bud anytime we feel it coming on.
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How do you take off the comparison filter? Realize that there is just one YOU. The best comparison is of where you were without Christ and were you are now because of Him. I was dead in my sins, lost. and now I’m free and alive in Christ.
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The Gratitude Filter

My husband and I purchased a home a couple years ago, and our landscaping is still in progress. Because we also own a business and are actively involved in our church, free time is scarce, but we’re chugging along on the yard.
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I was falling into the trap of getting frustrated every time I pulled up to the house because the landscaping wasn’t finished. It was just dirt and rocks and weeds.
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I started thinking about how whiny I sounded. The Lord had blessed me and my family with a home that was beyond our imagination at a price we could afford. He had given me a gift and here I was whining about the fact that it didn’t have grass.
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So how do you put on the gratitude filter? End everyday thanking the Lord for three things in your life. Try to make it less generic and be as specific as you can. For instance, I’m thankful that my husband’s business gives us access to machines that make working on the year easier. As you make this a habit, you’ll find the whiny-ness fades from your life.
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The Assumption Filter

This filter can be both good and bad. It is said, “We judge others by their actions, and ourselves by our intentions.”
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When we jump to conclusions and assume the negative, that puts a filter on our day.  We start to look at others and think, “I can believe that they hurt me like that. You know, they’ve had it in for me since day one. Well forget it, if that’s how they’re going to act, then I’ll show them I can play that game too.”
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When we put the assumption of innocence on people, we can look at them and think, “Yes, they messed up, but I’m sure they didn’t mean to hurt me. I know I’ve done things without thinking of others. I’m going to forgive them.”
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The biggest shift is changing our hearts. As we grow closer to the Lord, His thoughts become our thoughts. And His filter is the best one to have.
How do we do that? By taking His Word and putting it deep in our hearts. I have a list of POWER VERSES for you to download that will get you started! Just click HERE to get instant access!

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