“Put it in Perspective”
Have you ever been scrolling through your Instagram feed and saw a scripture that instantly spoke to your situation? Or you ever opened up your Bible to a random page and the passage of scripture you land on seems to read you and your entire life?
One of my favorite things about the Word of God, other than it being the ultimate instructional guide to life, is that it is truly alive.
Even though the Bible was written centuries ago, it has in it all the promises, stories, and instructions that are still relevant to this very day. Often times, God will use His word to give us the encouragement and sometimes even the correction we need to aid us in shifting the perspective on our lives.
The word “perspective” is defined as “a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.”
It is essential to understand how your perspective, positive or negative, can have a significant impact on the way you see life and even how your life will actually turn out.
As someone who often sees the world through rose-colored glasses, speaking positivity under challenging situations has always been my thing. I love proclaiming positivity in any space that I’m in and honestly believe the glass is indeed, still half full. If you’re around me long enough, you’ll quickly pick up on my typical catchphrases:
“It’s all about the push.” “It’s all going to work out.” “I’m going to make it work.”
However, recently, I’ve struggled with seeing the bright side of my current situation. (Get ready for some transparency)
Due to my own carelessness, the plans I had of securing a decent apartment have been put on hold. For weeks, I beat myself up about it. I had to face my parents’ disappointment and now added stress. All the great plans I had for my big move seem to pretty much fall apart in front of my very eyes.
But I had a choice to make.
I could continue to wallow in self-pity and drag my feet about the situation. Or I take some accountability and look forward to the start of my career.
I asked God that he would help me change my perspective. Though I made a mistake, that did not mean that life was over and that I wouldn’t be able to recover from it.
But it meant quite the contrary.
Being in this position forced me to learn what happens when I let what I want in a moment override my responsibility to my future. I was able to take the lesson from that choice and use it to be better.
So now that we better understand the importance of your perspective in general, I have to emphasize the value of putting things in perspective. This concept is defined as “comparing something with a similar thing to give a clearer, more accurate idea.”
Studying today’s devotional, it talked about how what we may think is a “set back” in our lives, God may be using that very thing as a “set up” for our most beautiful days ahead.
In many of the situations we face, putting them in perspective can make all the difference.
When we face problems that come from every direction, we can shift our focus to the one who equips us with the strength to meet them.
When we face the very problems that we happen to create ourselves, if we seek his help, He is willing to extend his lovingkindness and lift us out of our mess.
These scriptures give us a more unobstructed view into what God’s intention is for us when we face troubles. He has always been the God who can turn a mess into a blessing. Whatever His plan may be during our time of learning through the struggle, know that you are in a fixed fight. This means that His set up is always for us to win in the end!