Perspective (noun)-a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.
In the past few months, God has really been challenging me to change my perspective…to change the way I view my circumstances, the way I view the people in my life, even the way I view Him. On Mondays, the staff prays for the needs of the church, and then Pastor Matthew will have all of us sit together and have connect group time. This past Monday, he had us go around and say something we are thankful for. I loved hearing everyone’s hearts and the genuineness of their answers. It was a sobering reminder from God about perspective. I have struggled with this my whole life. I am the type that when everything is going well, I am good. But as soon as the rug gets pulled out from under me, I can start to doubt and feel sorry for myself. God has been teaching me to be proactive in this, and to be purposed daily to praise God for all my blessings and to put those thoughts in the forefront of my mind. And when Satan tries to sneak the doubt, self-pity, and coveting in there, I have to box up those thoughts and replace them with God’s truths. This is a daily process I have been doing and it has helped me tremendously.
What kind of perspective do you usually have? Are you circumstantial like me? Do you have issues with doubt or maybe fear? Do you tend to have a bad attitude?
God calls us to praise Him always, no matter our circumstances. He calls us to have an eternal perspective. This allows us to change the way we see things, and to be thankful in seasons of life that are extremely dark. When we are obedient in this, it allows people to notice that we are different. This allows us to minister to the broken, because they see the heartache we are going through and notice our perspective and attitude are different, and they start to wonder why. This allows us to disciple and share the gospel with them. Let’s focus this week on having an eternal perspective and focusing on our blessings from God.
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial; because when he has stood the test,
he will receive the crown of life, that God has promised to those who love Him.
James 1:12 NIV
So, we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.
For what is unseen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV