What's your perspective? How do you navigate through life? Are you a positive or a negative kind of person? Is the glass half full or half empty? What lens do you view life from?
It's all a matter of perspective.
I attended a funeral yesterday. My friend awakened to find her husband of 57 years dead. He died in his sleep. He was not a young man and had many recent health issues. But it still came as a shock to my friend Darrene.
I listened to the eulogy of this man of God. He left behind a legacy of faith. His grandsons stood at the podium and tearfully shared what they learned from their Papa. The overriding message was that this man lived out his faith for others to see. I was sitting with a group of my friends. I couldn't help but think about what we would leave behind when it was our time.
I'm learning to have an eternal perspective.
I recently completed a study by Catherine Martin entitled "A Heart To See Forever". It is a study on the book of Revelation. This is how Catherine defines the eternal perspective.
“The eternal perspective is the ability to see all of life from God’s point of view and have what you see affect how you live in the present. Simply stated, the eternal perspective is the ability to walk by faith in God’s Word.”~ Catherine Martin, from A Heart To See Forever
My eyes are open to notice other people's perspective on life. I've been reading a book called "Beyond Cancer's Scars". It is written by a dear blogging friend Elaine Olsen. I've followed Elaine for many years on Peace for the Journey. She has weathered the storm of breast cancer and shares from her heart all that she's learned and continues to learn through this challenging time in her life.
Elaine has an eternal perspective.
I found myself highlighting and underlining her words.
"When we approach our pain without kingdom perspective, we rely on quick fixes. We search for the shortest route between our suffering and its release. But with kingdom perspective, we willingly cede the shortest route to the road that includes a King's companionship. When we do so, something changes in us. Something new moves in to replace the old, and eyes once blinded by temporal understanding are opened up to see with eternal perspective - a place to which only God can lead us." ~ F. Elaine Olsen from Beyond Cancer's Scars
Elaine's words continued to speak to my heart.
"With every new day and each new trust I'm given, I'm challenged to relinquish my easiest and shortest inclinations to an eternal preference that stays focused on God's greater gain."
Is your perspective focused on the here and now? Are you so quick to pray for a quick relief from your present pain and challenges? What if going through this present difficulty is just what will grow you? What if others who see you go through this time can learn about the eternal perspective from you?
Are you willing to trust God in the midst of your trials? Will you allow Him to grow you into the person He knows you can be? It may take some suffering along the way. But if you have that eternal perspective in mind, it will be for your good and His glory.
Blessings and love,