Perspective?

November 15, 2019

   

My friend, may I ask you a question? Has it ever seemed to you that over the years  you’ve discovered that people who are happy are people who have made the decision that this is the way that they want to live their lives? It’s a matter of perspective, isn’t it? 

 

My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

 

 

 

Do you sing because you’re happy, or are you happy because you sing? You’ve met the person. They always seem to have a positive attitude about everything. They’re the people you see on the freeway in the midst of rush hour, bumper to bumper traffic, singing inside their car as they slowly inch their way through traffic. You glance over at them and watch their lips moving and their head swaying back and forth, oblivious to the chaos around them. Your first thought is, are they all there? How can they be singing when everyone else is pounding the dashboard and muttering under their breath? What makes some people better at coping with tension; contending with difficulties and everyday stressors that afflict us all? Are they possessed with a special gift that few people have or have they unearthed the secret to being calm when others are frantic that took them a correspondence course and several sets of behavioral modification tapes to discover? 

 

Over the years I have discovered that people who are happy are people who have made the decision that this is the way that they want to live their lives. It’s a matter of perspective. 

 

Here’s a story: “ A construction crew, while building a levee along a river bank, experienced a violent rainstorm that flooded the earth-moving machinery and destroyed the work that had been done. As the crew foreman approached the work site to assess the damages, he found his crew bemoaning the mud and the buried equipment. As his workers surrounded him, he asked, ‘Why are you so glum?’ ‘Can’t you see the disaster?’ they asked. ‘Our equipment is covered with mud.’ Smiling, he asked, ‘What mud?’ ‘You must be kidding. Look around you. We’re surrounded by a sea of mud. How can you say you don’t see any?’ ‘Well,’ said the foreman, ‘what I see is clear blue sky filled with bright sunshine. Soon the mud will be dried up and then we will be able to move our equipment and start over. Sun or mud, the choice is yours.’ (Speaker’s Sourcebook II, page 50) 

 

The difference between sun or mud is a matter of perspective. What we expect to see, we see. This delightful story reinforces our choice to look at any situation from more than one point of view. People who sing in cars while others are cursing are not happy because they are singing, they are singing so that they might become happy. Where others perceive obstacles, they discover possibilities and opportunities. Singing takes them there and carries them beyond perceptions into possibilities. They are driving from their hearts AND their heads; a pretty good combination. Where others see only mud, they see blue skies. It’s an attitude that is hard to put down; it feels too good. 

 

We pray. Dear Father, every day is a challenge in the life of a Christian. Although we know that each day is a blessing from You, we also know that each day will present perhaps new challenges, new wrinkles that we had not counted on. Sometimes we are able to cope, at other times we are not as fortunate. Forgive us Father when we complain and lament about the things that don’t go the way we had planned or hoped they would. Help us by Your Spirit to develop an attitude, a perspective that blesses the day no matter what and not curses it. Help us to see the sunshine and the blue skies that usually follow the rain and the dark. Make us harbingers of positive thinking and positive living in Christ. In Jesus Name! Amen.

 

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

 

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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