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Perspective Matters

By: Lyndsay Crews

Is there really any convenient time to go to Disney with kids? At the time of my trip, I had a 2 yr old, 1 yr old and I was 30 weeks pregnant with number 3! I couldn’t convince my husband of my genius plan to go to Disney, but I convinced my fellow Disney fan – my mom (mawmaw). We made it to Disney and walked A LOT.  One afternoon we decided to sit and watch a show. We left the kids nicely (and strategically) strapped in the stroller, but they couldn’t see because people were standing up in front of them. They could only catch bits and pieces of the show which meant lots of complaining, whining and moaning. So, I picked up my 2 yr old son. He could see the whole show now and his complaining turned into laughing. He loved it not because the show changed…he loved it because his perspective changed.

Have you ever felt stuck in a rut? It’s easy to get focused on the limited part of the show we can see (our situation) and forget that’s there’s a well thought out and well done show we might be missing out on (God’s plan).  When we remember that the things of this world are temporary and the things of God are eternal,  it changes our perspective from ‘our problem’ to ‘God is bigger than our problem’.

“For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”     2 Corinthians 4:17-18

This verse is not meant to minimize the hard circumstances we’re barely crawling through right now. It’s meant to help adjust our perspectives from temporary troubles to eternal glory. Our circumstances change, our culture changes, and our perspectives change, but God never changes. Let’s take a step back, take a deep breath, and pray to ask God for His perspective.