Perspective?

May I ask you a question? When we choose to see our problems as obstacles, something to try to find our way around instead of something that can be removed, do we often end up making the problem bigger and deeper than it is? Do we lose perspective and the problem looms rather than exists?

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

The best way through a problem is through it. Have you ever heard that said? Take, for example, the Biblical giant Goliath. The Israelites had two choices presented to them. They could either go out and do battle with him as he had beckoned them to or they could seek a way around him without having to fight him. Thy chose the latter but David, the shepherd boy, chose the former. For him Goliath was not a giant problem; Goliath was a giant who was a problem. And he knew that in God’s eyes Goliath was nothing more than a spec. Choosing to use God’s eyes to see the problem, he attacked the problem from God’s perspective, not his, and Goliath was defeated.

When we choose to see our problems as obstacles, something to try to find our way around instead of something that can be removed, we often end up making the problem bigger and deeper than it is. We lose perspective and the problem looms rather than exists.

It’s like the old farmer that had plowed around a large rock in one of his fields for years. He had broken several plowshares and a cultivator on it. After breaking another plowshare one fall, and remembering all the trouble the rock had caused him through the years, he finally determined to do something about it. When he put his crowbar under the rock, he was surprised to discover that it was only about six inches thick and that he could break it up easily. (Bits and Pieces, August, 1989.)

When it comes to those pesky problems in life, we often tell ourselves that we’ll come back to it later. What often hap- pens is that we never do. Despite the fact that the obstacle is of a type that will keep reappearing over and over, we’re usually hesitant to take the time to fix it and be done with it. When we are tempted to go round our problems time and time again, we had best stop and ask ourselves if the cost in time and money and trouble is worth it. We may find what seemed a giant of a problem was only imagination on our part.

We pray: Heavenly Father, life has so many problems there is hardly a day that goes by and we aren’t surrounded by both the expected and the unexpected events of life; often things that we had never prepared for and also problems that we face every day, but refuse to address because of their bothersome nature. Forgive us Father when we groan and complain, especially about the problems that we refuse to address. Help us to remember that You are always there to assist us with Your grace and mercy to not only lift the weight of our problems, but eliminate them. All we need to do is to ask and it shall be give to us. Thank You for your mercy and grace O Lord. Abide with us today and every day. In Jesus name we pray, 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.

If you have a special prayer request, please send your request to ”This Passing Day!” <markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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