What’s Your Perspective?
“Perspective is everything when you are experiencing the challenges of life.” Joni Eareckson Tada
We have all heard the expression “perception is reality.” What it means is that for others, be they your peers, subordinates, or superiors, how they perceive something or somebody is reality to them. We all face many challenges and struggles in this life that can discourage us and rob us of true joy. There are times it seems that such discouragement will overwhelm us completely. These type struggles are reality to us.
How can we gain a new perspective when we are faced with difficult times? I love the perspective of Joni Eareckson Tada above, a great Christian speaker and author, who suffered a life altering injury years ago, that left her as quadriplegic. What changed her perspective in how she sees life? The only way that Joni found the right perspective was in the person of Jesus Christ.
What about Corrie Ten Boom, a great Christian and author, who survived the Holocaust confined to a Nazi prison camp during World War II? Through all of that suffering she held onto a different perspective. She said: “With Jesus, even in our darkest moments the best remains and the very best is yet to be…”
What about our perspective? How are we dealing with the challenges of life? There are times that I honestly struggle with having the right perspective when trouble arises. The perspectives of Corrie Ten Boom and Joni Eareckson Tada have helped me a lot in these times.
However, my real source of strength for gaining a new perspective is found with great reminders from God’s Word. There are two great principles that I want to give you that I pray will help us change our perspective. Those principles are:
We need to stop focusing on the size of our problem and instead focus on how big our God is - Jesus told us in John 16:33: “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” Jesus told us that we would face difficulties in this life but He assured us that He is bigger than anything we will ever face. There is nothing that He cannot overcome.
We must recognize that God does have better days ahead for us - “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18
Paul reminds us that better days are not only ahead but also more than we could ever imagine! I pray that the truths of these passages will encourage us today to help gain the perspective God desires for us to have.