A minister travelled for days by train, car and boat to one of the furthest islands in the nation. As he surveyed the bleak but inspiring landscape, he turned to a local villager and said; "You're very remote here, aren't you?" The villager looked at him and replied; "Remote from what?"
Our perspective in life makes all the difference in the world. As a realtor, most of my perspective home buyers want a home that is move-in ready condition. The buyers don't want to spend a lot of time and money fixing it up and are willing to pay more so that they don't have to.
On the other hand, investors just want a home with good bones and an even better price. These buyers are willing to put all their time, money and hard work into the home, so that they could sell it and make a grand profit.
Our perspective in life is very much a reflection of who we are, what we stand for and how we treat one another. The way we conduct our lives speaks louder than what we say about our lives.
Man's natural way of viewing things in never the same as God's. To see God's view on life we must look to the Word of God and learn His ways by the teaching of the Holy Spirit.
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:14-16
If our outlook is distorted by sin then we must look to God to give us His view for our life. We must listen well to the Word of God and pay careful attention to what His vision for us is.
Learning to see our lives through God's eyes will make our journey here on earth more tolerable. It might even make our burdens lighter and our joy more abundant!