Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Perspective, have you had your daily dose today?!

So me and this cute thing were just discussing 'perspective'.
(no...she didn't fall asleep out of boredom, this is just my excuse to insert cute picture from the past!)

We had gone down the hill to the store, only to find a homeless man right in front of it...asleep on the hard concrete with a sign on his back that stated he was hungry and needed food.  Her heart was broken for this previously very capable man, who probably once held a job and some hope.


Just prior to that I asked my girl if she thought a dying child in a cancer ward would be happy to exchange their life for ours?


(To answer your question, no...our after school discussions aren't always this 'heavy'...phew!)
They usually consist of  her making comments like, "I wish science was an elective" or me asking what, If anything, made her laugh today?  And of course about the infamous Math test we all know and love!

Just thinkin' how often we take it all for granted.
How blessed we are.
Spoiled, really.

How that man would choose that cozy little blanket above over the hard cement sidewalk.
The sick child would choose health.
Yet we're cruising through life, multi-tasking so much... we become too distracted to notice.
We should be blown away by how 'wealthy'  we are, even WITHOUT money.

I read this earlier in my Walk with God Devotional: "The infinite, almighty, eternal God--the One who holds vast universes in the palm of His hand--has cared for pitifully small, broken human beings.  He has even crowned us with honor.  What a staggering contrast of proportions!  A glimpse of it will deepen our perspective.  Understanding the vastness of God and the finiteness of humanity brings us back to sanity.  Our problems become smaller than God, our plans bow to His will, and our faulty logic submits to His Word.  Order is restored.  Has your perspective become distorted?  Do your problems seem huge and your God small?  Do you prefer your plans over His will and His Word? Sin has always distorted our thoughts, making us larger than we ought to be and making God smaller than He is.  As a result, our problems seem bigger than God, our plans seem better than His will, and our faulty logic makes more sense to us than His infallible Word."


We can never have too much of it.
In most cases, we're severely deficient in our doses of perspective.
(Shall we consider an IV drip?!)

Maybe we should include in our daily 'To Do's' :
#1.  Stop and take a look around at how good you got it!

Now quit yer whining... and carry on.
(oh sorry, maybe that was me)

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Why do you trust yourself THAT much?!

Funny, isn't it?
How we consult our own thoughts with such confidence, relying on them as if we were given this Professional Consultation.

Learning to trust God 'above' ourselves can feel so counterintuitive.
It goes against all the mantra's like, "Follow your heart!" that we hear regurgitated so often.  We were pushed out of the womb trusting our 5 senses and our own thoughts. 

God's knowledge is so wayyyyyyy beyond what our eyesight can even see!  Can't even see it through a's out there!  He has access to information we don't even have within our grasp.  So our trust needs to be in Him, not our 'limited' vision.

His ways are higher.
Ours are so often just at eye level.

Ephesians 3:20 says "He is able to carry out His purpose and do SUPER abundantly, far over and above all that we dare ask or think, infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams!"

Like McDonalds, God supersizes our requests!

Been reading Max Lucado's latest book, "You'll Get Through This" and he says that sometimes God takes His time:  120 years to prepare Noah for the flood, 80 years to prepare Moses for his work.  God called young David to be king but returned him to the sheep pasture.  He called Paul to be an apostle and then isolated him in Arabia for perhaps 3 years.  Jesus was on the earth for 3 DECADES before he built anything more than a kitchen table!  How loooooong will God take with you?

Max talks about Joseph in the bible, sold into slavery by his very own brothers!  Talk about hitting bottom.  He says in his book, "There is no class or book on this planet that can prepare you to have your 5 yr. old son die in your arms...we know what the bottom looks like.

The bottom.  We pass much of life--if not most of life--at mid-altitude.  Occasionally we summit a peak:  our wedding, a promotion, the birth of a child.  But most of life is lived at midlevel.  Mondayish obligations of carpools, expense reports, and recipes.  But on occasion the world bottoms out.  The dune buggy flips, the housing market crashes, the test results come back positive, and before we know it, we discover what the bottom looks like.  Joseph succeeded because God was present.  Any chance he'd be the same for you?  Here you are in your version of Egypt.  It feels foreign.  You don't know the language.  You never studied the vocabulary of crisis.  You feel far from home, all alone.  Money gone.  Expectations dashed.  Friends vanished.  Who's left?  God is."

I love (and hate) how many opportunities we are given on any given day to just trust Him.  To ignore how it looks.  To not believe how it 'appears'.  Whatever 'it' is.  The infamous 'it'.  We all have 'em. 

Max says, "If Joseph's story is any precedent, God can use Egypt to teach you that He is with you.  Your family may be gone.  Your supporters may have left.  Your counselor may be silent.  But God has not budged."

I so wish that I could say I pass these tests with flying colors.  Yet too often I believe the 'bad report'.  I panic about the 'what ifs'.  I rely on my faulty judgment rather than place my trust in Him who is infinitely more qualified to carry this weight than I am.

Still in process, but grateful to serve a God who is way more together than I am!