I used to pump myself up each morning on my way to work. I was dealing with heart patients who weren't usually feeling the best. I needed to motivate them to make healthier lifestyle choices. So many of them were depressed after suffering a heart attack or health issues they hadn't counted on.
And change can be so very hard!
So I would listen to Zig Ziglar tapes in my car. Zig is a motivational speaker who influenced me greatly. I needed to have a can-do attitude and he certainly helped me get through those days.
But life happens. And life can be challenging. I've experienced hard times personally. I've had days when I didn't know what would happen next. I usually have a perspective that the glass is half full. But when you get hit by hard things again and again, it can be difficult to maintain that positive attitude.
But now as I look back at this photo, it gave me a thought about perspective. I could focus on the windshield which would be understandable. But check out the view past the shattered windshield. The mountains are gorgeous on my drive back and forth to work. There's even a cutout on Camelback Mountain called the Praying Monk.
As I've gone through personal trials, my perspective on this life has been changing.
- I'm learning to trust God more and more.
- I'm beginning to walk more by faith and less by sight.
- I realize that this life is temporary.
- I know how the story really ends and God wins.
So as a result, I begin to live out what I believe. I can have courage. I can have an eternal perspective which provides me with hope.
1 Corinthians 4:17-18 says:
"For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
Blessings and love,