Having the right perspective is crucial to being happy and content with our lives. If you're not happy, if you don't like yourself, if you're too critical of everyone around you, and if your expectations are too high for your family and friends, then change your perspective. Unless you like being discontent with everything, then don't. But if you're ready for a change and if you want to be happy, put on some different glasses and view the world and your life in a new light.
It is time for me to get a new perspective on my life. I'm tired of hating myself for the unfortunate circumstances that have taken place in my life. I'm tired of letting other humans have more control over who I am and how I react than I do. Do I get a kick out of being miserable? Am I tickled pink by the fact that I allow the mulitple failed relationships that have happened in my life to define how I view myself, and the worth that I have? No, no. Time to stop playing this stupid game, and maybe you should too if you're like me.
I so desperately desire to view the world and my life differently. I want to have what I call a "heavenly perspective" on my life. I have never considered myself to be a very "wordly person" before because I try not be super materialistic and shallow, but I realized recently that I am SO worldly. But I don't want to be. I am a Follower of Christ, and therefore I am told this:
"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, what is good and acceptable and perfect" Romans 12:2
A heavenly perspective. I want to view my life apart from everything physical in this world. I do not want to view myself as being defined by the men who do or do not love me. I want to view myself apart from my physical appearance and how good I look. I want my new perspective to be solely on the Lord my God, my Father and my King. I want to be so focused on the only thing that truly matters in my life, which is glorifying God and preaching the gospel, that NOTHING else matters very much to me.
I am here on earth in this world to serve God. To glorify Him. To praise Him. To love others like Jesus loved. That's it. I am not entitled to anything else! I'm not living in this world so that I can fall in love, get married, have a happily ever after. I'm not here to make a bunch of money and live a comfortable life full of luxury. I'm not here to be a famous National Geographic photographer. I'm not here to please others.
I don't need anything other than the Lord, and I shouldn't expect anything else. Americans are brought up to believe that we are ENTITLED to so much. "You deserve it!" "You're an American, entitled to the American Dream." Perfect house, perfect car, perfect marriage, perfect health, and perfect appearance. But that is so very false. So untrue. But because our God is so good, He gives us things that are good and extra. A straight up blessing from the Lord. I don't deserve anything. But he has given me a family who is good, parents with financial stability, friends who love me, a car, shelter, my health, and lots of clothes and shoes. Wow. Thanks! So unnecessary, but so good, and I am grateful.
Try not to worry about your future. Whether you're stressed about not having secured plans for this summer or the fall, or if you're worried about coming years. Don't. It is so unnecessary, and worrying gets you no where. Trust the Lord with your future, and remember what your calling is as a Child of God. Even if you just gain a small view of this heavenly perspective, it will be so helpful and so good. Focus on things of the Lord, heavenly things. Not on things of this world. This world will fail you.
God will not.