Word of the Week: Perspective.

When you’re in a trial, your mind usually clouds all judgment and the turmoil and chaos takes up the space in your head. Everything around you seems to automatically switch into something negative. It all becomes ‘me’ focused and praying to God, begging him to get you out of the trying season you are in. The perspective you choose to see can either make or break you in the grand scheme of things. Perspective changes things. You hear it all the time and it’s a true statement. It truly is something that can change the course of your day or your week. Switching your perspective is one of the most important things you can do. But how? How can you change your way of thinking when your mind is so engrained to another way? It’s not easy and I believe the only way you can do it successfully is by turning to Scripture and seeking Christ first. We need an eternal perspective that changes everything.

"Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal" - (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).

Be honest. How do you see your life right now? How do we see our trials? Are they burdensome? Depressing? Overwhelming? Scary? Do they bring you anxiety? I’ve been there a lot. It’s a weekly challenge looking at your life and questioning why certain things are happening. It’s hard to get through the hurricanes when you’re left wondering if you’ll make it out with bigger wounds than you already or have. But when we look at our lives with that perspective, what good does it do? Does it make us happy? Are we joyful? What are we focused on? If all of your answers were depressing ones, it’s probably because that’s what this kind of perspective leaves us with. It leaves us sad, confused, and we end up swimming in the chaos.

But what if switched our thinking? What if we looked to heavenly things? What if, instead of focusing on ourselves and our current situation, we focused on God? That is what we are meant to be doing. 2 Corinthians states it perfectly. We are to not lose heart because whatever situation you are in is for a moment. It is temporary. But our God is eternal. He is the one who is everlasting. True joy is only found in Jesus Christ. When our perspective switches to the things unseen and what is eternal, our mood tends to switch. Our thoughts change. Our world seems a little brighter. Perspective changes things, especially when it’s a biblical perspective.

There are so many situations in my life where I regret wallowing in self-pity. It’s an awful place to be in. I still struggle with it but I do know, now more than I have before that when we switch our focus on things above, everything changes. That’s how it should be. When we take our eyes off the Savior and place them on ourselves, that’s when the fear will kick in. That’s when the anxiety starts. That’s when it feels like the hurricane is going to swallow you whole. You hate being there. I know this because I hate it too. Instead of focusing on what could be, instead let’s focus on who God is. Let’s focus on what He has done. Let’s live in light of eternity.

How you can change your perspective:

Worship: Put on some worship music. Thank Him for what he has done for you. Write down the ways God has answered prayer. Give glory of the God of our salvation. When change our thinking into worship, it changes everything.

“I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations” (Psalm 108:3 ESV).

Pray: Talking to God and really drawing near to him can switch your focus quickly. When you are questioning and finding yourself falling into the pit of self-loathing, turn to the one who never changes. We are always in the best play when we are seeking first the kingdom of God.

Scripture: All three of these go hand in hand, and I firmly believe that when you put these three things into practice, perspective will change. It does for me. Scripture is God-breathed and should be the first source we go to when we are dealing with any sort of turbulence in our lives. God speaks to us in Scripture. This is where we find wisdom. It’s where we find truth. Ultimately, Scripture is where our perspective changes.

Is your perspective on your situation? Or is it set on the eternal?

Let’s not lose focus this week on the author of our Salvation. He never changes and He never will.

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength[a] of my heart and my portion forever.” – Psalm 73:26

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