Perspective and Gratitude

I am in a season of learning and relearning the power of perspective. Since this coming week is Thanksgiving it seemed appropriate to post about the conversation that is dominating my mind and how gratitude relates to it.

A common theme that keeps running through my mind is the idea of a heavenly perspective.

For example, if I am having a rough day mentally with the idea of losing Molly, our foster daughter, I wrestle through the worst case scenario of her going to her mom and never seeing her again. Then a tender and soft voice reminds me that this world is not my home. Our lives are but a mist, here today and gone tomorrow. (Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.-James 4:14)  I can let the worst case scenario THOUGHT ruin my day, distract me in my marriage and with my kids, and/or worst of all, steal my joy of today OR I can take that thought captive and embrace TODAY and love my family undistracted full of joy and gratitude for the day before me.

Heavenly perspective.

Or I can look at my bank account as I sign into Amazon to do some Christmas shopping and start to feel defeated, stressed, or sad and then perspective chimes in and I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for the incredible people that God has given me in my life to buy gifts for and for the fact that “it’s the thought that counts” 🙂

Heavenly perspective.

Maybe I am just having a tired morning of self -pity because of poopy diapers, 2 walking 1 year olds, and an attention hungry 5 year old when my beautiful little one, Savannah, posts a blog entry that screams a life giving perspective.

“you guys, he has so much more to offer than our world does, and what he has to offer is eternal – it lasts forever. our eternity is at stake.

so let’s give up our rights and let’s step into a life with him that brings joy and freedom.”

Heavenly perspective.

Why would we ever want or need anything more than joy and freedom?? That is where true and intense joy and confidence comes from!

This week as we approach the day of amazing food and time with loved ones to celebrate all that we have to be thankful for, let’s laugh so hard we cry, let’s passionately cheer on each other in life, let’s break out in dance and song, and most of all let’s pause to thank our BIG and AMAZING God for the incredible life He has given us while here on our short earthly journey.

We are not promised tomorrow. Embrace today and all that it has to offer. And just as the song that my 5th grade self sang in chapel went, “This world is not my home, I’m just passing through” let us run with this truth and allow it to explode out of the way we live our lives.

How would we live, act, and speak differently if we truly let the reality of our short lives penetrate our minds and souls? Would we forgive easier? Would we worry and complain less? Would we give of our finances more freely? Would we love more radically? Would we take more risks?

Personally, for starters, I think that I would hug, compliment, and love more recklessly.

What is one thing you can do or say this week that will be rooted out of a heavenly perspective?

Ready…Set…Go!

One thought on “Perspective and Gratitude

  1. Terry Houser says:

    Thanks Elizabeth for one more reminder of why this is my favorite time of year, and for helping me adjust my focus on what really matters most. My your home and heart be filled to overflowing with His joy and peace this Thanksgiving and throughout this season. God is good all the time!

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