Is there one thing in your life that you would change in an instant, if only you could? If it were possible with the wink of an eye or the tap of a wand, would you alter something about yourself or your situation in life?
Gladys Aylward, a missionary to China, had two great sorrows while growing up. One was that her hair was as black as night, not beautifully blonde like her friends. The other is that she stopped growing at a young age and remained four feet ten inches tall for life. But when God called her to be a missionary in Shanghai and she looked around at the people to whom He had called her, she said “every single one of them had black hair. And every single one of them had stopped growing when I did. And I said, ‘Lord God, You know what You’re doing!”
“Perspective makes all the difference in the world,” says Elisabeth Elliot. “Every creature of God is given something that could be called an inconvenience, I suppose, depending on one’s perspective. The elephant and the mouse might complain about his size, the turtle about his shell, the bird about the weight of his wings. But elephants are not called upon to run behind wainscots, mice will not be found “pacing along as though they have an appointment at the end of the world,” turtles have no need to fly nor birds to creep. The special gift and ability of each creature defines its special limitations.”
As you begin this January, focus on the special gifts that you have been given. (Ask a trusted friend or family member if you need help on this.) Your unique abilities also give you limitations, you know. You cannot be all or have all! Even if Hollywood would tell you otherwise. So rather than look at the “inconvenience” or “limitations” of your life, let your eyes focus on what you have been blessed with.
Looking back, it is sometimes easier to say, as Gladys did, “Lord God, You DID know what You’re doing after all”. But sometimes we don’t get to see the “why” behind things until we reach eternity.
The challenge for this year is to say, looking forward, “Lord God, I am trusting that You DO know what you are doing.” And then to go forth with a change in your perspective and in your heart.
HOW you see… what your eyes focus on… your point of view… your outlook… your perception is what you can change.
Seriously consider it… because the right point of view is critical for victory in life. It’s time for a change.