Friday, November 8, 2013

Perspective


I have been doing a lot of pondering lately (could be the source of my headaches as of late - LOL), and after listening to a particularly powerful sermon one evening, I came to the conclusion that we need to change our perspective.

I watch, see, and listen to many people I know get farther and farther into a negative and hateful attitude. Much of it is at life in general, but a lot of it is directed at God and the things happening in and around the world today.

For instance, one cannot live a positive life while maintaining a negative attitude. Therefore, if you are continually talking negative things it would seem that negative things are going to happen to you. However, if you speak positive things, then positive things will happen. Now, don't misunderstand me...I am not saying that things are always going to be sunshine and roses, or that nothing bad is ever going to happen. What I AM saying is that if you will change your perspective instead of focusing on the negative things, they won't seem, or get as bad as what you initially thought they were.

It all boils down to whether you are blaming God or praising God. Because let me tell you from experience that as long as you blame God, or anyone else for that matter, things just aren't going to get any better than your right now. You will not look forward to tomorrow. You will not see the good in anybody, or anything. You will not even enjoy getting up in the morning because you will dread it.

Change your perspective and all of a sudden, you will see that God is working in, around, and through you to create something wonderfully beautiful. When you change your perspective, you will also notice that the very thing you thought was something bad has turned into an opportunity for you to share Jesus with someone else; to let them see Him working in your life. It might even be the difference between someone coming to know Him, or even coming BACK to Him.

Look at Joseph. His brothers sold him into slavery. He went through a lot of bad things, but kept his  perspective through all of it.


I am Joseph, your brother, whom you sold into slavery in Egypt. But don’t be upset, and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives. ~Genesis 45:4b-5, NLT

All because of perspective.

Look at Martha, the sister of Mary and Lazarus. She lost her perspective for just a bit. However, Jesus helped her to put her perspective where it belonged; on Him...

But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, "Lord, doesn't it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me." But the Lord said to her, "My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her." ~ Luke 10:40-41, NLT

We can't expect anything to change in our world, our homes, our families, and even our own lives until we change our words, actions, and our perspectives. When it comes right down to it, a lot of the misconceptions about God are due to perspective. All because we would rather see negative instead of positive.

God is Love. He is all about love. Everything He has done in our lives is because of that love. Why then, would we want to blame Him for the bad things in our lives? Perspective. It's all about how you look at things.

Today, instead of looking at the negative why not see the positive? Change your perspective and see what happens.





8 comments:

Barbara Lynn Culler said...

How true! An attitude of gratitude really helps when it seems nothing goes right. Being grateful for what positives are happening has helped me rise above the situation.

Tom Threadgill said...

Great post, Shelley! This is exactly why I don't watch the news any more. I get too negative. Changing your perspective is the beginning of changing your worldview!

Shelley Wilburn said...

Attitude of gratitude is absolutely correct, Barbara!

Tom...I don't watch the news anymore, either! Too negative and depressing. And I have found that it is more often than not...INCORRECT. I found that out when I inadvertently had my TV on the Christian Broadcast Network one night and listened to their news. Same stuff...different perspective entirely. WoW!

Jackie said...

Thanks for reminding me how important it is to have the right attitude.

I hope you have a great weekend!

Karen Wingate said...

A friend on Facebook posted this quote for G. K. Chesterson. It fits well with what you are saying and I think he and you are on to something.

"Man is more himself, man is more manlike, when joy is the fundamental thing in him, and grief the superficial. Melancholy should be an innocent interlude, a tender and fugitive frame of mind; praise should be the permanent pulsation of the soul."

Thanks for the affirmation that I need to make joy the rule rather than the exception.

Dora Hiers said...

Ouch, you punched me with the Martha scripture, but I'm working on becoming more Mary'ish. The dishes can wait!
Shelley, you nailed it. Perspective makes all the difference in attitude. Wishing you a Son-kissed weekend. :)

Linda Bartosik said...

Great post Shelley! I have been practicing the art of "reframing" in my life when things irritate or anger me and the results are miraculous! Linda :)

Karla Akins said...

So true! When we let the Holy Spirit take control of our thoughts -- oh how our perspective changes! Lately I've been praying, "keeping my eyes on YOU, Jesus!" What better perspective is that?? Way to write, girrrrrrrrrrrrl!

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