Point of View

View from Wiseman's View of Linville Gorge Valley

View from Wiseman’s View of Linville Gorge Valley

Same section of Linville Gorge from Table Rock

Same section of Linville Gorge from Table Rock

“It’s all in how you look at it.”

Life is one of those things that can bring you down or lift you up depending on how you look at it.  When we face certain situations we choose our outcome and how we feel based on how we view our circumstances.

Take for example a bad day…we all have them…and we all have a choice in how we approach them.

This is where our point of view can dictate how we handle the ups and downs.  Do we view our mistakes as a stepping stone? Or do we view our mistakes as a deal breaker? Think about athletes for a moment – when a quarterback throws an interception, how does that dictate the rest of his performance?  Does he throw a couple more because he can’t get over the first, or does he learn from the mistake he made and go on to recover to lead his team to victory?

When you make a mistake in your marriage, do you view the marriage as over because of one minor let down? Or do you learn from the circumstance and work with your spouse to fix the problem and move on the way that the Lord would have you to do?

We all make mistakes, we all have problems to get over, we all need to check our perspective and see what the Lord would have us to do.  Paul had every chance in the world to give up on his ministry when he was in prison, but Paul viewed the opportunity as a chance to share what God could do through the life of someone who was called to do the Lord’s work.  Paul didn’t give in as the world would have liked; Paul overcame the adversity to lead others to the same Savior he had come to know.

Jesus shared the same message with his disciples…Don’t view your problems as problems, but as opportunities to show just how great God is in your life.  You never know what the reason may be for a situation that arises, but you do know that you have a great God who is in control leading your path, and offering guidance and comfort.  How are you going to view it?  Give God the Glory…

“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God…For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”– Romans 8:18-21, 38-39 (NIV)

See it how Paul saw it…every problem = greater opportunity. Today your bad day may be just what God needs to show someone, maybe even you, how great He is.

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