Our perspective of life

The Doctor's Life Support for 15 April

‘I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you.’

Ephesians 1: 18

The perspective, vision or view from the deck of a ship is very different from that seen from the mast of the same ship. Without the big picture it is easy to lose our way. I realised this after I had been on my own at home for several days. I had become immersed in the business of my immediate circumstances, with little recognition of the bigger domestic and social picture. I had lost perspective. When perspective is lost, crisis always seems imminent. Life quickly becomes devoid of humour and joy. At these times, it is necessary to step back and realise what truly matters, to get a view from the mast. Common consequences of this lost perspective are that I don’t see the needs of others around me, and I don’t see God working in my life. As followers of Jesus we should be seeking God’s perspective. When we see life through the grid of God’s amazing love and his wonderful plan, we understand what really matters. Paul prayed for this kind of perspective for the Ephesians when he wrote, ‘I ask – ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the glory of God – to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing Him personally, your eyes focussed and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is He is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for Christians, oh, the utter extravagance of His work in us who trust Him – endless energy, boundless strength.’ (Ephesians 1: 18–19 The Message) Let us climb the mast of the ship of faith, to see life from God’s perspective!

Written by Robert D Snyder from Hungary

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