Perspective is a big deal! It can make all the difference is how we view things (“a cup half full – or half empty”) … how warm a day is or how cold… on an exam – how many you got right vs. how many you got wrong… or with problems and circumstances – what you’ve overcome vs. what you are facing. Perspective matters!
In my Bible reading today I was incredibly impressed with Apostle Paul’s perspective on his circumstances… He was imprisoned for what he believed and what he had shared with others… Here’s his “perspective” on his circumstances:
“I want you to know that what has happened to me [my imprisonment] has really served to advance the gospel … Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former proclaim Chrit out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. What then? Whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice!” (From Philippians 1:12-18 ESV)
Hey, PERSPECTIVE WINS! – God’s perspective – Divine perspective! We need it – God helps provide it!
These verses reveal Apostle Paul’s conviction about his circumstances. It was “perspective Divinely given – informed by faith!” My son, who has faced some incredible challenges, expresses it with one word… “REGARDLESS!” Romans 8:28 summarizes it: “We know that for those who love God ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD!”
Gotta tell you I want “DIVINE PERSPECTIVE – GOD’S PERSPECTIVE – A FAITH PERSPECTIVE!” … “Regardless “of my circumstances!