Three men were visiting the Grand Canyon for the first time. One of them was an artist, another a pastor, and the third was a cowboy. As they stood on the edge of the Canyon, each one responded differently.
The artist exclaimed, "What a beautiful scene to paint!"
The minister said, "What a wonderful example of the handiwork of God!"
The cowboy mused, "What a terrible place to lose a cow!"
A little boy ran into the house and begged his dad to come see a strange dog that had wandered up to the house. The father glanced at the animal and said, "What a horrible-looking creature."
The boy, however, saw the dog through different eyes: "But Daddy, he wags his tail good."
The Israelite soldiers saw Goliath and thought, "He's so big we could never kill him." David looked at the same giant and thought, "He's so big I can't miss!"
Yes, perspective makes the difference. Someone has observed, "When it gets dark enough, you can see the stars." Robert Murray McCheyne shared this advice: "Live near to God, and all things will appear to you little in comparison with eternal realities."
One great way to "live near to God" is to found in Psalm 55:22--"Cast your cares on the Lord, and he will sustain you."
So look at your life from a different perspective. David Shibley brings all this into sharp focus for us: "One hundred years from now, it won't matter if you got that big break, or finally traded up to a Mercedes….It will greatly matter, one hundred years from now, that you made a commitment to Jesus Christ."
It will matter. A lot.
--Rocky Henriques, www.uticabc.com