A Country Mile

An old friend of mine, who still lives in country Victoria, was running a fundraiser. She was selling fudge to raise money for Down Syndrome Victoria. I was keen to support but my friend lived nearly three hours away.

When I was chatting to her she mentioned she was coming to Melbourne and could drop the fudge off. When I asked her where in Melbourne she was coming it was still 25 minutes out of her way to come to my house. She didn’t mind and willingly took my order.

I was amazed she would come so far out of her way for me. But then I realised she still had a country mindset. When you live in the country everything is a decent distance away. You get used to travelling for most things.

Now I live in the city I view things quite differently. There are major shopping centres in most suburbs and if I can’t find one particular store close by, there will be something similar I can go to instead.

The distance my friend had to travel didn’t change but her attitude towards travelling that distance was considerably different.

Our minds can play a key part in how we perceive things. I grew up knowing that you gave 10% of your income to the church. This is not a strange or challenging thing for me to do, it’s just a given I knew I must always do.

However, if you grow up in a family who believes everything you own is all yours, then the outlook on what you have is quite different.

If we live with the notion that we spend time with God each day, that we tithe each week and we show love to strangers, then our lives will naturally contain these important elements. But if we have the mindset that all things are ours and we should hold firmly onto everything, being generous is going to be a much more onerous task.

You can change your mindset. Let’s try to place our mind on all things Godly so when the opportunity to respond arises, it is natural for us to generously show love.

Lord, You give us all things. Your mindset is to love, forgive and support Your children. May we have this same view on life. Amen.

What does your mindset tell you is normal?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.