Saturday, November 14, 2009

Perspective


I love to take pictures and while I was out today, I was simply observing life, looking for a shot, when I took these two photos.  People often ask me about photography and while there are a number of technical aspects, most of which I don't think about as much as I ought, I find that the most important thing about taking a good picture is seeing it - observing.  And then, framing the shot in just the right way.  Quite often the difference between a good photo and a great photo might be the difference in moving your body 3' one way or the other.  In other words, perspective.  While neither of these two pictures is going to make National Geographic or anything, I simply use them to illustrate the point...changing your perspective can dramatically change a picture.

Now take life for a moment; in another week I'll be preaching on Thankfulness and while I don't want to give away my message, I do want to make the simple point; thankfulness is ALL about perspective...how you choose to look at life or a certain situation.

For example, my health;

On the one hand...
- I have chronic back pain in my lower right side
- I have a fairly stiff neck most days
- I have daily sinus and allergy problems and can't remember the last time I took a clean breath in through my nose
- I have to wear glasses

On the other hand...
- I'm younger than my years
- I have no major medical problems; heart, lungs, limbs, etc. all work
- I am active and athletic, playing soccer once a week, hiking, and enjoying life
- I have never broken a bone in my life

Thankfulness...it's all about perspective.  Both lists are factual...focus on the first list, though, and I become resentful and frustrated, ultimately leading to a self-centered perspective.  Focus on the 2nd list, and I become thankful, worshipful, and focused on the Giver of all those gifts.

Thankfulness is the Foundation for Worship.

CHOOSE THANKFULNESS...

Monday, November 9, 2009

So Big...

3 When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,

4 what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?

5 You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor. (Psalm 8:3-5)

Do you ever stop to consider how BIG God is?  The other day I was driving around thinking about Him and was struck by how Big He is and how small I am.  Specifically, what hit me were these thoughts;
- God created from nothing...man can create things and be creative, but we create from what is...God created from nothing...a vast, empty void
- God is bigger than earth.  Duh, you say, and you'd be right...but consider...He sees all, hears all, knows all.
- Not only is He bigger than earth, He is bigger than our entire known universe.  Whatever marks the "edge" of the universe, He is beyond that.

How small I am.  And yet...and yet, every hair on my head is numbered; and nothing escapes His notice.  What is man, that He is mindful of us indeed?  Who am I?  A speck?  A mist that is here and then gone?  What is my life?

If you dwell on these things too long, you run the risk of your mind imploding...however, the point is this; Perspective.  Perspective of who God is, How great He is, How loving and merciful He is, and the life He's called you too - these things lead to a life of peace.

The point?  He has crowned us with glory and honor; even Jesus says "the glory you gave me, I have given them."  It's amazing, isn't it?  Worthy of Worship and Awe.

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