Perspective Helps Us Endure
“that you may have your roots and foundation in love, so that you, together with all God’s people, may have the power to understand how broad and long, how high and deep, is Christ’s love.” (Ephesians 3:17-18 TEV)
Ramblings from Lacy’s dad – Today our future as Americans seems to stand at a crossroads. Our wonderful country that has done so much for so many, here and abroad, is in a quandary.
Our rich history started with our forefathers coming here to escape religious persecution. They did not want to be told what to do when it came to their belief system. From that mindset, our great country was formed, by people with names like Washington, Jefferson, Adams and Franklin. Men who strongly believed in God, His Son, His Holy Spirit, and His Word. They believed in individual freedoms…but from a Biblical perspective.
Today our country has developed amnesia. Many now think we have individual freedoms…from any Biblical perspective. 2oo+ years after starting a country with the Bible as our foundation, we’ve taken God out of pretty much everything. What made our country great, now is frowned on by many who came here because of its greatness. Makes me think of an old saying I grew up hearing, “you can’t have your cake and eat it, too”.
So today, as our world around us shakes with indecision from Washington, my Biblical perspective motivates me to love God even more. I’ve read the Book, and know how the story ends. Rick Warren says that without perspective, we follow our own inclinations. I see so many people doing that today. They are so wise…in their own eyes. They think they are on the right road, but at 60mph and no brakes, they still find themselves with the bridge out, and disaster racing toward them.
There will be trials we face, regardless of what belief system we have. No matter the political climate, financial woes, health issues, or any other crisis, I am so thankful through God’s grace, I have the perspective to trust Him. Just as perspective gave Jesus the ability to endure what He went through, it is also available to help us endure what we will have to face in our lives…
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1: 2-4)