Having the Right Perspective

Perspective matters.  In every aspect of life it matters from which perspective you are peering at any given issue.

Take this sidewalk art for example:

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As one walks up to it from a distance the illusion within this drawn perspective makes it look as though the man is truly standing on a globe.  But what happens when you peer at it from the side?  It looks like this:

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Now the illusion is revealed for what it is.  This globe has been drawn for the viewer to see it head on and not from an angle such as this, but the mystery and trick is quickly broken.

Life can be like this too.  Problems and troubles come our way, but how they effect us is a matter of perspective.  This isn’t some sort of “self-help” thought, but rather a “heart-help” notion.  How we view our worries, our fears and our hurts matters.  It not only matters to our emotional, physical and spiritual well-being; but it matters to God as well.

King David was a man after God’s own heart who knew a thing or two about worries and problems.  He faced death threats, murder attempts; he saw a woman bathing on a roof and plotted to not only seduce her but the murder her husband too.  Some of his problems were of his own making while others were dependent of the whims of a tyrant and foreign entities.  How David faced these trials became a matter of perspective.

Though David wasn’t perfect, he did know where his help came from.  In Psalm 86 he wrote; “Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.  Preserve my life, for I am godly; save your servant, who trusts in you – you are my God.”           So much can be said of these two sentences.  David recognizes how poor and needy he is, and he is in need of saving once again.  He pleads with God to save him, and elicits a powerful reason for his request: “You are my God.”

Problems, fears and worries will be waiting for us in this life like hungry wolves on a hunt, but if we have the right perspective, and declare “You are my God” we too can overcome anything that comes our way!  We may not be delivered from those problems, but we will have One who will journey through it with us…come what may.

What does your perspective look like today?   How is your viewing angle on the problems of life?  Can you boldly declare as David did, I “trust in you – you are my God“?  If you can’t, then perhaps it is time to adjust your vision.  Stand before Him, trust Him, and find that He will always be there for you even in the midst of your worries and fears.

Perhaps it’s time to get some Godly perspective on these earthly troubles.

-Just a thought for today.

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God’s love for us shatters us so that our imago dei can be mended in us all.

Electing A General…More Money, more Soldiers? More questions than answers…

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Correct me if I’m wrong here, because often I am.  And I do not want to rely on hearsay or useless erroneous conjecture.   But as I’ve been reading various publications and blogs of officers and leaders, I hit on a disturbing notion in regards to how Generals of The Salvation Army are elected.  Am I incorrect in assuming that a large portion of the election process is weighed within economic and statistical measures?  By that I mean do we put that much emphasis on those leaders who are perceived to have grown their territories in leaps and bounds?  If this is the case, and I hope they are not, is this biblical?  

Secondly, does this then preclude potential candidates who clearly have the intellect and godly principles from being elected based on the territories in which they are currently serving?  

Hopes:  The fastest growing regions of The Salvation Army are also within the poorest regions of this world…would the High Council consider a Commissioner from one of these regions as a viable candidate?  My hope and dream is that we begin to see the progressive movement within the Army to consider the leadership of the entire world regardless of its economic or statistical support.  

What I know:  Not much.  That much is true.  But what I do know is that This Army has been historically revolutionary in this movement!  We allow women to preach, Hallelujah!  Regardless of gender, Salvationists have more equality than a lot of churches around the world!  We are a holiness movement, and thus we must continue to rely on His promptings and proddings within our Army for ‘greater things’.  The mission is not over yet!  And we continue to need leaders to rise who will not insulate the Army and play it safe but those who are willing move it forward!   

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