How do you measure what’s going on around you? Some compare whatever it is to law or rules. Some compare to experience. Some compare to feelings. That’s all well and good but how do you know that it’s really good, right, and true?
Ann Voskamp is one of my favorite authors. I always enjoy the wisdom and encouragement that comes from her writing. Several years ago, a sweet friend gave me her book One Thousand Gifts. I enjoyed reading this book when I first received it and recently decided to read it again. As with the first time through the book, I am amazed at Mrs. Voskamp’s perspective. She has learned to count “gifts of grace,” she calls them. She has created a challenge on her website A Holy Experience called the “Joy Dare.” You can read about it, and maybe even accept it, HERE.
As I have been writing this 31 Days of Encouragement from the Lord, I have realized just how important perspective is. I thought that I knew this. I mean I am an adult – and I’m not exactly a spring chicken…I have been married for more than 20 years…I have 2 kids…I worked in the business world for 20+ years…I’ve been homeschooling my kids for 5 years now…Our family is in ministry and we’ve moved more than I ever dreamed I would in my lifetime. I’ve also had my share of difficult circumstances. With all of that, you would think that I would have it drilled into the core of my being that perspective matters.
You see, the reality is that I even though I have learned and grown a lot over the years, the more I learn about God, the more my perspective changes. In One Thousand Gifts, Ann Voskamp says something has me reconsidering perspective. She says:
This must be a lesson that God wants me to learn right now.
Why do I say that?
Because I keep coming across verses, or hearing points in the sermon, that reinforce to me that I need to consider everything through God’s Word. There are tons of other verses that remind us exactly how and what God’s Word does for us. Here are a few:
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. ~ Psalm 119:105
It lights our path.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. ~ Colossians 3:16
It teaches us. It admonishes (advises) us. It helps us to encourage others.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. ~ 2 Timothy 3: 16-17
It equips us for every good work.
I don’t want a warped world. I want one where I clearly see God in the little and big things. I want to be aware of His presence in my life day by day…hour by hour…minute by minute.
I want to look at things in light of eternity. Sometimes that means that I may have to make really hard decisions to step away from something. Or maybe I choose to be a part of something. Either decision would be based on eternal value. Striving for the goal of spending eternity with my Heavenly Father.
Joy to You!