The surfer couple on this season’s Amazing Race has captivated me. Their positivity and ability to reframe setbacks is inspiring. In one challenge, Bethany Hamilton, the wife of the pair, had to solve a puzzle and with one arm. It proved to be physically challenging. I watched as she simply decided to take her shoes off and use her feet and successfully completed the challenge. That truly required mental reframing. Her story is a testament to her faith.
“Reframing” refers to any conscious shift in a person’s mental perspective. (It is often used in therapy to help a client form a new and more accurate way of looking at a narrative in their lives. It can result in reduced anxiety and improved mood)
As Christians, Christmas is truly the ultimate reframe.
From one perspective, a little baby boy is born to low income teenagers in a dirty manger. Yet the bible tells us that God so loved the world, He sent His one and only Son to earth so that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16.)
One narrative can be a small detail in history, and the other can alter the universe and transform lives, like Bethany’s.
Merry Christmas everyone!