Love when I write a blog post and it disappears. Well since this post is all about perspective, maybe it deleted for a reason.
SO as I am diving in to the work perspective I am sure being challenged to run the things I am experiencing through the looking-glass of God’s word. Of HIS plan for us and the things were are dealing with in our life.
I came across a great article from Rick Warren written years ago, Develop God’s Perspective On Life
He says “Perspective is understanding something because you see things from a larger frame of reference. It is the ability to perceive how things are interrelated and then judge their comparative importance.
In a spiritual sense, it means seeing life from God’s point of view. In the Bible, the words “understanding,” “wisdom,” and “discernment” all have to do with perspective. The opposite of perspective is “hardness of heart,” “blinded,” and “dullness.”
Psalm 103:7 says, “He [God] made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel” (NIV).The people of Israel got to see what God did, but Moses got to understand why God did it. This is the difference between knowledge and perspective. Knowledge is learning what God has said and done. Perspective is understanding why God said it or did it.”
He goes on to say “Perspective answers the “why” questions of life.” That excites me.
My husband and I have talked about this a lot as of late. The things we have been through and how amazing the hand of GOD has been to see us through. Now that doesn’t mean for a second it has been an easy ride or that He took us around some of the consequences WE created for ourselves. What it does mean and has meant is that we can see and understand WHY certain things have happened.
This morning things were a little stressful. Nothing major but with a series of uncontrollable events things have been like a giant game of Catch up as of late. Day 5 being snowed in and so forth and so on we just feel overwhelmed. In that moment we all stopped and prayed. Asking the LORD to take control and that might just mean some big changes for 2018. Inviting God to show me the why’s and help me to have a fresh perspective each day has been eye-opening.
In this article it Rick talks about how perspective helps us:
Perspective helps us resist temptation. When we look at a situation from God’s viewpoint, we realize the long-term consequences of sin are greater than any short-term pleasure sin might provide. Without perspective we follow our own natural inclinations. “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death” (Proverbs 14:12 NIV).
Perspective helps us handle trials. When we have God’s perspective on life we realize that “in all things God works for the good of those who love him” (Romans 8:28) and that “the testing of your faith develops perseverance” (James 1:3). Perspective was one of the reasons Jesus was able to endure the cross (Hebrews 12:2). He looked past the pain to the joy that was set before him.
Perspective protects us from error. If there was ever a time that Christians need to be grounded in the truth, it is today. Pluralism has created a very confused culture. The problem is not that our culture believes nothing but that it believes everything. Perspective is the antidote.
When believers, new and mature, are given both knowledge and perspective, the result is rock solid: “Then we will no longer be like children, forever changing our minds about what we believe because someone has told us something different or has cleverly lied to us and made the lie sound like the truth” (Ephesians 4:14 LB).
It is like we learned in recovery, playing the tape all the way through. Inviting God from the very beginning and every step a long the way.
Diggin’ in right where I am…
Jeremiah 29:11 “ For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/christiancrier/2015/06/29/top-7-bible-verses-to-improve-your-perspective-on-life/#HFCtsb89HH61t0ip.9