Keeping A Proper Perspective

Keeping A Proper Perspective

Ask anyone what’s happening in their life right now, and you will likely hear a mixture of the good and bad. They’ve welcomed a new child or grandchild, but things at work are tough. Or their kids are doing well, but they are facing physical challenges and illness. Life is often like that, and sometimes I fight the tendency to be cynical. Sure, things are going well today, but what will happen tomorrow? I can’t see what’s around the next bend in the road.

But isn’t that typical of the peaks and valleys of life? It’s not that we are always happy or sad at any given time, but both/and. We often experience a mixture of many emotions all at once. I can rejoice in good news I’ve received, and yet mourn over a tragic event in our country or my friend’s life.  I beg God for his help and deliverance in one situation, while praising Him and rejoicing in another.

Ecclesiastes 3 tells us there is a time for everything – a time to laugh and a time to weep, a time to mourn and a time to dance. There are appropriate times for both celebrating and crying. And sometimes they are in the same day, or even the same hour!

We must remember to keep a proper perspective. Our good God has paved the road ahead. He’s got a plan for our lives, and this journey is one He’s working out for our good and His glory.

the road ahead

Here are 3 things to remember in the ups and downs:

First, sometimes the hard things we are facing right now, are going to be our biggest victories later on. At times we learn significant lessons through difficult experiences. A hard, painful time in my life was what God used to free me from bitterness, and He gifted me with a testimony that can encourage others. God often takes us through fiery trials so we can show compassion to those hurting in similar ways. We may see the good on the other side of the trial, but many times we don’t.

Another thing to keep in mind is that God wants us to give Him thanks, no matter what is happening. We must look for the good in every situation and be thankful. I saw a sign in a shop that said, “There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.” I wanted to buy thirty of them and post them all over my house! It is truth.

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I Thessalonians 5:16-18

And lastly, I must remember that Jesus is always faithful. I can trust him, even in this situation that seems impossible. If my physical body is wasting away, if my financial situation is dire, and I am rejected and betrayed by my closest friends, Jesus will still be faithful. He will be there and sustain me when I’m in trouble.

He is always faithful, even when others aren’t. He is faithful to me when I’m not faithful to him. His love for me is unending and nothing can separate me from it. No thing and no one can. I am unfailingly loved.

Someday, we will stand before Him and give an account for how we’ve lived this life, this long journey of ups and downs. I know that we will barely remember the trials we faced as we gaze into our Savior’s loving face. Our troubles here will seem only a distant memory in light of His love. So let’s persevere in doing good and look forward to that day.
Let’s remember how our story ends. It will help us keep a right perspective.
Revelation 21:4-5
Linda Graf About Linda Graf

Linda Graf is the author of  Bitter Truth: My Story of Bitterness, Grace and Repentance. She wrote it after the Lord freed her from a lifestyle of anger and bitterness. She is a musician, a mentor and mother. Being an author was never on her radar, but during her journey from bitterness to joy in Christ, she was compelled to write about it. Check out her website where she blogs regularly.

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