Scrolling through social media daily, the amount of complaints I see are innumerable. Recently, I saw countless complaints about all of the stop lights in town being out due to recent storms and tornados and how no one knows how to drive. One thing I noticed was that the people complaining about something as petty as out stoplights were also the people who had not been affected by the storm. Some people were still without electricity and water, or had had trees fall in their houses. Some people had cars that had been crushed by fallen trees and would love to have the ability to drive with the so-called people who couldn’t.
In each situation there are two kinds of perspectives. One perspective that’s clouded by worldly things and one perspective where you’re just thankful to be alive. It is all about how you view your situation and God’s plan as it plays out. Paul said that he “reckon[ed] 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). Today’s sufferings are not even comparable with what we will receive in our eternal life with our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
I find myself one of the guiltiest people of falling short in the way I perceive the events in my life. As the school year began I had a stroke of bad luck with losing my great-grandmother, getting ill and winding up in the hospital, and my car being totaled all within four weeks. All I did in that time was complain to my boyfriend and wonder what I had done to “deserve” this…all while he had broken his collar bone on the very first play of his first football game of the season. After attending every summer workout, eating right, and doing everything possible to be the best that he could be, the thing he loved the most was taken from him, torn from his grasp. Not once have I heard him complain because he left his situation in God’s hands, never questioning or asking why. Meanwhile I was caught up in a sickness I got over and a wreck that left me with a new car. My problems were pretty easily solved. Paul writes to the Corinthians that we should “look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18) We should always keep our perspective on our eternal life, rather than our worldly life.
Last Wednesday night in class our teacher walked in and asked us to stand if we were “filthy rich’. Of course, no one did except for about three people who had caught on to the fact this was another one of his trick questions. After getting the reaction that he knew he would, he began asking questions like “how many of you didn’t have food to eat last night, water or electricity, or a place to sleep? All of us were just quiet, we knew where he was going with this. Over half of the rest of the world doesn’t even have the basic necessities that we have, yet we allow Satan to cloud our perspective on life and think we have it bad because we don’t have as much as someone else has.
In Matthew 26:39, Jesus is saying his final prayer in the garden and says “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” Even as he was preparing to be crucified, Jesus had the perspective that life is not about the worldly things that surround us constantly fogging up our view of the bigger picture, but about what is God’s will. If everyone could just take the time to realize that, our perspective on life could be so much lighter and positive. To give everything to God and realize how blessed we are to have the opportunities we do and that Jesus Christ died for us and gave us salvation is such a blessing and could change your whole perspective on life. So don’t give Satan the power to cloud your perspective. Point out your blessings and remember its all in God’s hands; give all glory to him in everything.