Perspective is a difficult thing to keep. When I place the problems of my life next to the suffering that other are going through, many times my problems begin to pale in comparison. When I begin to compare our way of living as opposed to a third world country, it makes things like fuel prices, grocery prices, and the economical crunch that we are “suffering” through seem not so bad. We must keep our perspective.
How many times has someone done something to you to hurt you and you think, “How petty they are!” Does it ever occur to us that our “petty” may be their “not so petty.” Someone once said that “one man’s mountain is another man’s mole hill.” That’s so true.
I think one of our problems when it comes to perspective is that we put too much stock in this world. We have it so good that when tragedy comes, or even then little problems come, we really don’t know how to handle it too well. This is a broken world with lots of broken people, places, and events. It’s not ever going to be totally fixed. It’s probably to our advantage to put that into our perspective.
We used to sing an old hymn called, “This World Is Not My Home.” The concept that “I’m just a passing through” is a true perspective helper. It tells me to think of this life as a journey. It is a short period of time in which there will be many ups and downs. It is trip of sorts that we are taking which leads us right on into eternity. That’s where we want to really live!
God help me to keep my world in perspective so that I can see what You have in store for me in the home that You are preparing for me.