A friend (I won’t tell them it was you, Don) told me about how he went nearly a year thinking he was 67-years old. He had jumped the gun though because he was only 66! At the end of the year, he said something to his son about being 67 and his sibling exclaimed, “Dad, you’re not 67! You’re 66.”
So my friend got to be 67 for two years.
In that case I don’t know if I would rejoice about being a year younger than I thought I was or if I would have griped about suffering the pain of thinking I was a year older than I really was. It’s a matter of perspective, I guess.
When you get down to it, just about everything in life is a matter of perspective, isn’t it? As the renowned philosopher said, “Stuff happens.” And life happens to us all. But, it’s our reaction to life that determines whether we live it fully and abundantly or full of emptiness and bitterness.
Losing your job might be the catastrophe that you’ve feared or a chance to do something you’ve always wanted to.
A church I know tried to buy a building that they were convinced was the Lord’s will for them. The deal fell through but instead of moping they found an even better building and have already seen it fill up.
We saw the South African runner in the Olympics who had parts of both legs amputated. But, on his artificial legs he has become one of the faster runners in the world.
And you my friend, you’re in a situation now–or you will be. Life happens. Are you going to react in faith and trust in the Lord? If it’s a horrible situation, trust Him to help you make the best of it.
Don’t accept the idea that your life is finished. Don’t be spooked into a relationship just because you don’t see any other way. Don’t disobey God’s Word just because you don’t see any other way.
Back off. Get God’s perspective. See it the way He sees it.
Trusting God gives you a completely different perspective, a new way of looking at the same situation. Paul was a master at this:
“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.(Phil. 4:11-15) KJV
Ask the help of God’s Spirit to look at that situation through the eyes of someone who believes that God is making ALL things work for his good? A new perspective will change your life.
What do you do to get a new perspective when things look bleak? Leave your response below.