Friends, today will you welcome Jennfer of A Girl On The Doorstep as she shares her heart? Jennifer is my Inspired Blogger for September. If you haven’t met her already, you will want to head over to her blog and say hello! Her heart oozes Jesus!
A few years ago when my oldest son was still a teenager he came into my room in the morning and enthusiastically said, “Doesn’t it feel good to wake up in the morning? My body feels so great and rested after sleeping!” I remember this moment because of the laughter which escaped me.
The older you become the less your body cooperates in the morning. We don’t always feel rejuvenated, but rather sore and achy as we awaken to a new day with a to-do list one mile long.
God promises us in Lamentations chapter three that His mercies are new every morning. He tells us His compassions fail not. Yet, sometimes, when we awake to aches and pains of not only our physical bodies but our emotional circumstances, we lose sight of His amazing mercy. It is blurred, out of focus and we cannot recognize it right there in front of us. Inside of us…
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory… (2 Corinthians 4:16-17 NKJV)
When Paul wrote the above passage he was in the middle of a waged war against the persecution of the church. However, he realized his circumstances were only temporary and each suffering he faced worked together for an eternal purpose.
Is your view temporary or eternal?
These human, cataract covered, eyes of ours tend to have an immediate view of what is only temporary. The difficult situations we must endure become our center. They steal our focus and cause weakness mingled with a loss of heart that sorrows the soul.
If you don’t allow the weight of His glory to lift you internally for eternity, the weight of this world will hold you down without permission.
We have to learn a new view.
We need to understand that a perspective through eternal eyes will cause us to gravitate toward a higher purpose and calling in Christ. Yes, the outward man is perishing, but the inward man is being renewed.
The keyword is learn.
This perspective does not come naturally. It must be learned through a day-by-day churning process of remembrances for gifts we have right in front of us. We need an attitude of thanksgiving through Romans 8:28…
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. (NKJV)
Ann Voskamp says, “Thanksgiving – giving thanks in everything – prepares the way that God might show us His fullest salvation in Christ.”
Oh yes, friends, we need to thank Him for the “light” afflictions of this world right along with the sunshine and rainbows. There is a greater purpose in ALL things. ALL things. Let me say it again, “ALL THINGS!”
I’ve lived through my share of heartache. I still do. I know what it is to wake up with a skewed, blurred, and out of focus perspective of the right now. I know it hurts. It’s hard to see eternity when we can’t even see five minutes from now. But if we want to survive, then we need to incorporate thanksgiving with a learned perspective of eternity.
I want to encourage you to begin learning a new view today. Thank Him for the good and not so good. Here is the great news… This world is not our home!
May God bless you today as you pursue His eternal perspective!
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