It’s Going to Be Ok

I saw a cool thing yesterday about perspective. It talked about how vast the universe is and how truly small we are. It shows the earth in comparison to other planets, then the sun; then the sun compared to other stars. Then our galaxy. Then the knives.

It is truly mind-blowing to see how amazingly big the universe is, and yet how small we are in comparison. It really gives you some perspective than things are different that what we may think that they are.

Today in our reading, we kind of see the same thing with James 4: 13-14. Listen to what it says:

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.

4189047064_67999aecfeThe thing that you are worried about. That thing. That think that is consuming you. That is robbing your joy; robbing your peace; taking over.

Let me ask you. How important is it really? Stop right now, and ask yourself that question. How important is it really?

Will it be as important tomorrow? Next week? Next month? Next year? A year from now?

It’s going to be ok. Really. It is. No matter what. It is. There is a huge, mighty God that made all of this that we see, all that is going on, all that is around us. Made it all.

And He wants to know you.

Today, remember. This life is just a glimpse in eternity. Don’t be consumed by this moment. Don’t be consumed by this problem. Don’t be consumed by this circumstance.

It’s going to be ok. It is. Remember there’s a God that is bigger than us, stronger than us, mightier than us.

And He loves us.

Trust Him today. Trust Him for eternity. It’s going to be ok.

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Perspective

It’s so easy in life to lose perspective.  To lose perspective on ourselves, or to lose perspective on others.  To think too much of ourselves, or too little of ourselves.  To think too much of others, or too little of others.  In our lives, we really do need perspective.  We need to see things for what they are in reality.

Listen to how Paul puts it in Romans 12:3-5:

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

PERSPECTIVEPaul tells us this morning, keep that perspective.  Don’t think to highly of ourselves; but think about things with grace and perspective.  Now hear me, this doesn’t mean that we are to have a low opinion of ourselves or think that we don’t matter.

Please understand, that’s not what Paul is saying at all. What he is saying is this.  It’s not that you don’t matter.  It’s that they matter too.  It’s not that you are unimportant, it’s that they are are just as important as you are.

This is the proper perspective to have, we all matter.  You are sacred and of great worth.  You matter.  You are vital.  You are important.  You is kind, you is smart, you is important.

And so are they.  For we are all part of one body.  We all matter.  We all are important.  We all count.

Perspective is not thinking less of yourself.  It’s thinking as much of them, as you do yourself.

Today, live with perspective.  Don’t think as much about yourself, as you do about them.  And I promise you, in that, you’ll find more life that you ever think possible.

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What Kind of Day It Will Be

Is today going to be a great day?  Or is it going to be a terrible day.

It all depends upon your perspective.  You perspective today will have a lot to do in determining what kind of day it will be.  Listen to what is says today in Psalm 18:4-6:

The cords of death encompassed me; the torrents of destruction assailed me; the cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me. In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.

questionMark-backgroundThere are two ways to look at what happens today in this Psalm.  Both are true, by the way.

Way number one is to focus on the trouble and the pain that the Psalmist felt.  He was legitimately scared and worried. Death lingered.  He was distressed.  He was afraid.  We aren’t sure what was going in his life, but whatever it was, it wasn’t a good thing.

He probably felt at the end of his rope.  He probably felt like giving up.

We can focus on this. We can focus on the troubles and pains of the world, of the day. We can focus on all these things.

And today will be terrible day.

Or, we can focus on the second part of this passage.  The Psalmist cried for help. And God heard him.  His cried reached God. God heard, God understood. And God will send help.

God heard him in his pain. And will not leave nor forsake him.

God hears our hurts, our pain, our loss, our worry, our stuff.  God hears, God knows, and God never leaves.

No matter what.

So, today, what kind of day will it be. Will we focus on the problems in our lives that overwhelm us?  Or will we focus on God that never leaves, in spite of the trouble. The God that sends help, each day?

Today, what kind of day will it?

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