A Better Perspective

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“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.” Rick Warren

I’ve been praying recently that God would grace me with His perspective on things — life, fitness, expectations, work, relationships, etc. Praying that God would give me eyes to see life as He desires me to see them, even as He sees them.

Psalm 103:7 says, “He [God] made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel.” The people of Israel experienced what God did, but Moses was given the gift of knowing why He did it. Perspective is understanding why God does something, His heart behind it. I long for that understanding. I long to see life with eternal eyes, through Truth-colored glasses.

“Be careful that you vigorously maintain God’s perspective, and remember that it must be done every day, little by little.” Oswald Chambers

Learning to see life from God’s perspective can help me love Him better, resist temptation, handle trials differently, and give more grace to those around me. 

If I see a situation from God’s viewpoint, I’ll more quickly see that the consequences of sin are greater than any short-term pleasure it might bring. I’ll be more aware of where my true affections are, where my thoughts and emotions are rooted, and hopefully be more inclined to submit those thoughts and emotions to the Lord.

Understanding His promises, and His Truth, I can persevere through testing of faith and trials of life.

Oswald Chambers wrote a little about perspective, and it resonates with me..

The proper perspective to maintain is that we are here for only one purpose— to be captives marching in the procession of Christ’s triumphs. We are not on display in God’s showcase— we are here to exhibit only one thing— the “captivity [of our lives] to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).

We should belong so completely to the Victor that it is always His victory, and “we are more than conquerors through Him…” (Romans 8:37).

The proper perspective has the power to keep me eternally-minded. To keep small things small, and big things big. A sweet refreshment to God being in Christ.

6 Comments

  • Anne Gillian Masterson

    Well said, heartfelt and timely. I too have been thinking a lot of perspective of late and I’ve decided that when I feel overwhelmed by the challenges that life throws my way, when I feel my heart breaking or when I feel perplexed and want to throw in the towel, I remember to look at things from an eternal perspective. Because all that I face will pass. Who He is and what He wants for me is eternal. So I fix my eyes on Him and do my best to maintain an eternal, heavenly, Christ-filled perspective and I keep pressing.

    05/11/2015 at 2:43 pm Reply
    • Chelsea B.E.

      “Because all that I face will pass.” Amen, Anne. So right. We try our best and trust God to help us with the rest.

      05/13/2015 at 6:29 pm Reply
  • Daisy @ Simplicity Relished

    Amen, friend! Keeping “small things small and big things big” is a challenge for me.

    05/12/2015 at 5:26 pm Reply
    • Chelsea B.E.

      Agreed, Daisy. Me too. “Pray without ceasing,” isn’t that what it says? ;)

      05/13/2015 at 6:29 pm Reply
  • Hope N. Griffin

    I love this. “Learning to see life from God’s perspective can help me love Him better, resist temptation, handle trials differently, and give more grace to those around me. ” Yes yes yes. Thank you for linking up with #JoyHopeLive

    05/15/2015 at 9:59 pm Reply
    • Chelsea B.E.

      Absolutely! Thanks for including me, Hope!

      05/18/2015 at 11:54 am Reply

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