Perspective is everything.
Recently I wrote a post for a literature blog I have to keep for a class — it was about the way an author shaped perspective in her novel. I talked about how important perspective is when it comes to writing. Authors want their writers to have a good sense of who the characters are. This got me thinking.
This is the same when it comes to being Christians. We need to have the right perspective on life in order to have the right attitudes and shine our lights to others in the world — to show the world what kind of characters we are! We are to love and to have joy in everything we do. We are to “count it all joy when we fall into various trials” (James 1:2) and to “do all things without grumbling or questioning” (Philippians 2:14). None of this is easy, but having the right perspective, and having a positive outlook on everything we do will change the way we live.
For example, one of my friends decided one day that she was going to walk from class back to her dorm smiling. To anyone and everyone. As she started out, her smile wasn’t entirely genuine, but as she kept walking and was determined to keep smiling, it became more real. She decided that she was going to be happy and spread joy; she found goodness in every little thing she saw and she smiled. I found this to be a wonderful example of “looking up” — changing our perspective, and focusing on the good.
We have to remember who we are. We need to remember what our goal is, and realize that we have much greater things in store for us than what is here on earth.
Be happy — you are blessed!!
“If, for whatever reason, today is difficult, the thing we must do is see today against the backdrop of eternity.” -Gary Henry (Reaching Forward)
“When you go to God, you exchange your weakness for His power, your darkness for His light, your problems for His solution, your frustrations for His peace, your hopes for His promises, your questions for His answers, and the impossible for the possible!” – Elizabeth George (A Young Woman After God’s Own Heart)
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28