Thursday, March 9, 2017

Living Lesson: Life From Another Perspective

Living Lesson: Life From Another Perspective
by: Christopher Wiles

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11
Wednesday morning came and went with me feeling a little frustrated.  I overslept my 4am alarm and didn’t wake till 5:45am, meaning I didn’t get a 3 mile run in before recording for the radio.  On top of that, the 112 students who were present in the homeschool cooperative were a little more rowdy than normal.  By the time I arrived back to the office to work, I possessed a darker mood than usual.  After a prayer I had a plan to help my mood, “I know what will help. I’ll make my visits first today, I’ll go see Jean Moore in the rehab center.  She’s always happy to see me.”
Then I received the text from Donna, “Warren is being lifelined to St. Mary’s, had a heart attack.”  My own heart sank to a deeper and darker place than before.  Prayers for healing were uttered as I headed out the door to Evansville.  Many of you reading this shared the same despondency when you heard the phone tree message.   
Yet, when Warren came out of surgery and was speaking to us, my heart lifted and by the end of the evening I was feeling grateful and excited, thanking God for prayers answered.  So what really changed my mood?  It wasn’t the students that changed.  It wasn’t the volunteers that changed.  It wasn’t that anything amazingly wonderful happened in my life. It was simply my perspective that changed.  God led me to a place where I was refocused on what really mattered in life.  When pitting a dear brother’s triumphant success in surgery against those minor irritations of rowdy students, the frustrations paled in comparison.  Joy and gratefulness fully occupied the space in my heart. 
Sometimes in life we need a perspective checkup when we’re feeling the funk down in the dumps.  Here are a few verses from Paul’s writings to pray about and meditate on that may aid us on our way to a healthier life perspective. May you find reason to joyfully thank God today.  

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28
“For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through Him that we utter our Amen to God for His glory.” 2 Corinthians 1:20
“Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.” – Philippians 4:11-12

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” – Romans 15:13

Living Lessons are practical every day lessons that Topher writes from his learning experiences.  They are featured weekly in the Washington Church of Christ bulletin.  Click here to find more: LIVING LESSONS.