Do You Have the Right Perspective of Yourself?
This is a hard one for me to write about today. I apologize if it seems a little haphazard or doesn’t make any sense. I realize too, that this may be more words than you care to read, but for those of you that choose to stick around I believe God has something for you here. My prayer is that He will use it in some small way. That whatever He wants to speak into your heart will be clear.
You’ll never understand until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.
Appearances. Not always what they seem, yet we act like we can see the whole picture. At least we do when we hastily judge. It’s all in the perspective, isn’t it? From what vantage point are you taking in the scene? Sometimes we may even be too close to the situation to see clearly. Maybe we aren’t seeing the entire picture. Maybe we aren’t seeing through the eyes of Jesus. I’ve often wished when I’m facing a hard time or a confusing time that I had the eyes of someone from the outside looking in. That I could see with their perspective because I’m too close to the situation.
Perspective, by the way, is the ability to see all the important information.
We can have the right perspective. Through Jesus. In fact, He wants to use us to show Himself to others and the beauty of it is that we benefit too. But, we must give Him control. We should understand that He is with us all the time, that our prayers don’t need to plead with Him to be with us, but rather to recognize that He is with us all the time and instead pray for the same compassion for people that He has.
Did you know that you were designed to succeed?
That’s right, friend. “YOU are designed to win!” I didn’t take a lot of notes during the sermon this week, but I did write that down. Let me repeat it…a few times…You ARE designed to win. You are DESIGNED to win. You are designed to WIN. God provided an armor for us to wear, because like it or not we are at war. We will be at war until the day we meet Him face to face. In fact, the armor He gave us was designed to be worn and never removed. It struck me that we’re like an active duty soldier. They work, eat, sleep, breathe in their armor. They don’t ever take it off. They can go to battle at a moment’s notice.
God gave us this armor that we may have the confidence that comes with wearing it.
Not confidence in the armor itself. Not confidence in ourselves. But confidence in Him. I’ve heard it said that confidence is only for those “born with it.” I struggle with believing this too and buying into the lie that it’s unattainable because I wasn’t born with it. Real confidence comes from Christ. Real confidence can be learned. Real confidence comes from training ourselves as soldiers for Jesus. A soldier doesn’t put on his “armor” and go straight to the front lines, no he goes through training. Consistent and constant training. If we are caught without our armor, without our confidence in Christ, we are paralyzed. Paralyzed with fear. Paralyzed from being attacked. Paralyzed. But we don’t have to be.
I like that word, designed. <shocker, I know> It got my attention Sunday when I jotted it down in my notes. I was reading a book about art some time back <insert yet another shocked face here> and the author is a Christian. Although I had other expectations to glean from this book there was one statement that has stuck with me. I wish I could quote it exactly. In fact, I wish I could remember the title of the book and its author’s name, but I can’t. Even my mad google skills weren’t faithful to me this time. Anyway, she said that we’re all wired to create. Every one of us were designed to create. Think about it, we want to argue that we’re not all creative. But we are. Most people immediately go to art or crafts or some such thing along those lines, but that’s not the only result of being creative.
Let’s look at ourselves from this prospective. God’s perspective. As designers created to create.
A designer is someone who executes a plan or a purpose skillfully. We’re all gifted, skilled or talented at something. Therefore, that makes us all designers.
Create means to cause to happen; bring about; arrange as by intention or plan.
Consider what you do daily. Whether you’re paid or not. In a nutshell we all are causing plans and purposes to happen.
Let’s consider what the Bible says now that we have realized we’re designers. Designers created to create. Seeing ourselves as designed to win.
God has given you a gift. Use it! Use it for His glory. Honor Him in all that you do.
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: 1 Peter 4:10
Again, each of is different. He did this on purpose! No matter how small or insignificant you see it, He wants to use you!
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. Romans 12:6
He knew ahead of time, before time, what His plan is for each of us. He knew right where you’d be sitting on this very day. This is the perspective He sees us with.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:12
Do it for Jesus. ALL OF IT!
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, Colossians 3:23
Again, imagine the perspective that God has of us when you read this verse from Psalms.
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. Psalm 139:13-16
Dear friend, my heart is fragile today, but I want to encourage you to see your eyes through the eyes of your Beloved Creator. It won’t come naturally. But I believe if we ask Him, He’ll do it. It won’t be overnight, but I’m confident (oh the irony) that He who began a good work in you will carry it out.