By Tony McCreery, Pastor First Baptist Church —
It's all a matter of perspective. Coach John McKay of USC said to his
team after a humiliating loss of 51-0 to Notre Dame. McKay came into
the locker room and saw a group of beaten, worn out, and thoroughly
depressed young football players who were not accustomed to losing. He
stood up on a bench and said, “Men let's keep this in perspective, there
are 800 million Chinese who don't even know how this game is played.”
That is what you call perspective. When Goliath came against the
Israelites they all looked at him and said, “He is so big, we will never
kill him.” When David came against Goliath, he looked at him and said,
“He is so big, I can't miss!”
It's all about perspective in life. How are you viewing your life and all that is happening?
Whatever is going on in your life there are two ways to view it: Is
the glass half empty, or half full? Perhaps another way is, what is God
doing through the circumstances in my life?
For Paul life was sure full of ups and downs. He spent much of his
Christian life in difficult times and circumstances. Yet Paul did not
allow the circumstances to control him. He trusted the grace and
guidance of the Lord.
In Philippians 1:12-14 “Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters,
that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel.
As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and
to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. And because of my
chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the
Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.”
Paul was in prison because he preached about Jesus. Now he views
prison as a good thing! His arrest and imprisonment is good because it
is an opportunity for God to be glorified and others to know more about
That is what you call perspective! How many times do you look at the
circumstances in life as an opportunity for God to work and be
glorified? How often do we use the things going on around us as a way to
look for the Lord's work?
Change your perspective. Look at what is happening as an opportunity
for service to the Lord and a way that others can see Him at work. You
will quickly find that the cup is no longer half empty. Rather the cup
is overflowing with the goodness of the Lord and His joy.