“But” Flip

There is power with words and the impact they have on our thinking, actions and attitudes. For example, how many times have we heard people share their goals and dreams, but end them on a soar note? Thus, how can we ever hope to gain any traction if we defeat ourselves from the very beginning. However, the Bible reveals a very powerful tool in this regard – a perspective I endearingly describe as “But Flip”. For example: 

Work: Have you ever desired more from your current career, or wanted to pursue a dream job? If so, the following statement may sound familiar:

I want to get my doctorate degree, but the schooling is too long.

Speaking like this is defeating, but look what happens when we flip the two phrases joined by the conjunction, “but”.

The schooling is long, but I look forward to getting my doctorate degree.

Much more positive and empowering idea! We acknowledge the challenge, but emphasize the benefit and goal.

Relationships: Here’s how it can work with our relationships:

I want a great marriage, but it’s too late to do anything about it now.

Now “flip it”- and here’s what happens:

It might be too late to do anything, but I want a great marriage!

Much better – right?

Worries: Of course we all have worries, and here’s how the flip helps those too:

I want to save for retirement, but I have too much debt. Now change it to:

I have debt, but I want to save for retirement.

Again, the “but flip” changes the tone, which benefits our perspective to view the opportunity greater than the problem.

Application: “Power Perspective” – Habukkuk 3:17-19
Even though the “but flip” helps change our language to be more empowering, there is still a vital component the prophet Habukkuk teaches us to never forget as we “flip” our perspectives. For we can possess positive outlooks, but God is the reason for our positivity and hope regardless of the outcomes. This is because we know with man things are limited, but with God, all things are possible and can be trusted even in the toughest of times. So, next time you catch yourself speaking in the negative, try flipping the problem into the opportunity.

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