“Huge waves that would frighten an ordinary swimmer produce a tremendous thrill for the surfer who has ridden them.” Oswald Chambers
“You don’t think your way into a new kind of living. You live your way into a new kind of thinking.” Henri Nouwen
“Child, you have to learn to see things in the right proportions. Learn to see great things great and small things small.” Corrie Ten Boom
There is power in perspective! Having a biblical perspective on everyday life lessens worry and anxiety. How do I know? I have experienced it and continue to experience peace – when my mind is set on things above, not earthly things. Now, don’t mishear me. This doesn’t mean we forget our responsibilities or deny we have trials. But a perspective change of our broken relationships, suffering, and difficulties can lead us to peace and rebuilding our lives. How do we get a biblical perspective? We are to renew our minds.
Set your minds on things above, not earthly things. Colossians 3:2
Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me or seen in me-put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:9
Praising God renews our minds. Praising God powers our perspective! Praising God gets our hearts refocused and gives us a hopeful viewpoint of our heartaches and our lives. Praise is how God transforms our lives.
If you have been to any of my studies or training events, you know I preach praise and perspective. As you praise, your perspective of life starts to change. So many think they should “add more God” to their lives. Or go to church more, give more, serve more, etc. But praising changes your heart and creates this perspective change:
God is not something you add to your life–God is your life!
And everything else is added.
Lord of All, I praise You, for You are Sovereign over all things! Nothing is impossible for you. So, Father, help me turn from the things on earth, the temporal things and set my heart and mind on You. Draw me close and may praise be on my lips. In Jesus’ name, Amen.