Previously I wrote about the power of choice and I want to continue that thought and expand upon it. Each day we are given a new opportunity to choose to be a victim or a creator. A victim’s response seems to find blame for a negative situation. They either will blame themselves and be really down and hard on themselves, or will blame other people for a situation and not take any responsibility. A victim’s response is generally unhelpful to reaching one’s goals. In contrast, the creator asks: what can I do to achieve my goal? Or what can I do to make the situation better? Rather than seeking to lay blame for how the situation came to be.
In life there will always be things that happen to us that are out of our control like getting in a car accident, losing a job because of layoffs or getting cancer. With that being said we are all victims to some degree, but how we respond to these situations is what makes us victims or creators. Victims just let life happen, complain about it and let it ruin their lives. Creators, on the other hand, do the opposite. Once a situation happens that they don’t like, they take action and are assertive. Creators consciously make the choice to not let one bad thing ruin everything else for them.
For victims, one bad thing can spoil their mindset about everything. We can see a classic example of self-victimization by looking at the story of Israel recorded in the books of Exodus through Deuteronomy. They always looked at themselves as victims. They were stiff-necked people, who never looked at all God was doing for them. They complained about their continuous diet of manna that God provided for them and they romanticized their past as slaves in Egypt. They longed to return so they could eat meat and leeks; they forgot they were miserable in Egypt too and that God delivered them from their slavery. They also were too afraid of the people in Canaan. All except Joshua and Caleb complained! These two were creators. They stayed positive in seemingly bleak times and had faith that God would be there for them!
Look at the story of Joseph, another creator. He went through so many trials, but in the end he didn’t let it keep him down. Gen 50:20 says: “But as for you (talking to his brothers), you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.” Joseph could have become callous and let the fact that his brothers hated him and sold him into slavery consume him. Instead, he always made the best of situations and did the right thing. Joseph always did his best work, which gained him recognition from the Egyptians. He became very prestigious under Pharaoh because he chose to have a creator mindset.
Like I said earlier, creators are assertive. They also make good leaders because they typically problem solve by thinking outside of the box, which keeps them moving forward. And they don’t give up! This choice, pushes them forward not letting anything block them from obtaining their goals.
We should all make the choice to be creators in bad situations, not victims like the children of Israel. Life happens. But there are so many things in life that are already going well for us. We just need to stay positive and keep moving forward. God can help us to have the mindset of a creator and not a victim because He wants us to succeed. I challenge you to be a creator and let God help you problem solve outside the box. I’m sure you all have done it. And for those of you who haven’t, get inspiration from those who can. I encourage you all to write comments below on how you have become a creator in a bad situation or have just kept moving forward after hitting a roadblock. Being a creator is powerful, while being a victim is powerless. Being a creator is empowering because it gives us the hope and ambition to never give up! Take on the mindset that God wants you to have. Be a creator!
You are awesome! God knows it and so should you!