Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:25-26 (NIV)
I lost all perspective. How did you lose all perspective? I focused on what my eyes could see. Maybe, I should I say that I focused on what I thought my eyes saw. What did you think your eyes saw? It looked to me like others were enjoying life far more than me. It looked like others were right in pursuing all that this world has to offer. How so? Others were living in comfort. Others were experience pleasure. Others seemed to be wringing every drop of enjoyment that they could out of life. They were going places I wasn’t going. They were doing things I wasn’t doing. In comparison, my life looked dull and uninteresting and boring. I thought, it was good to be them. But I was me. Anything else? It gets worse. How so? My discouragement deepened. I’m listening. The wicked seemed to be prospering. In fact, the wicked still seem to be prospering. Is that what you think? That is what I thought. That is not now what I think. That’s good.
How is your perspective now? How has your perspective changed? What has helped you to see things as they truly are? First, let me say, it is always a mistake to look around and compare my life with someone else. There is nothing fruitful or productive in that whatsoever. That only leads to disconnect. That mindset will surely steer me off course. I don’t want to live the life that someone else is living. You have created me to be me. You have given me a life to live. I want to live the life that you designed me to live. What does that life look like? I want to live a life of loving and following and serving you. I want to live a life that does what is good and right and pleasing in your sight. I want to live a life that has mattered in light of all eternity. I don’t want momentary success or temporary treasures. I want to store up treasure in heaven with you. I want to live a life of bearing fruit for your kingdom and bringing glory to your name. How will you do all this? Instead of looking around, I will keep my heart and mind and eyes focused on you. I will go where you guide me. I will do what you ask of me. I will allow you to be my portion and strength every day, both now and forever. This is how my perspective has changed. You have changed my perspective for me. For that, I am very thankful. That is very good.
Lord, I have lost perspective. I have looked around and wanted what would not satisfy. I have envied the good fortune and success of others. I have been discouraged when evil seemed to succeed. No more. I know you will provide all I need now and forever. Amen
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