It is often necessary to step back and look at something from a different point of view. One of Jesus’ many gifts was the ability to make people see something seemingly ordinary from a completely new perspective.
As you go about your day, allow Jesus to help you keep things—good and bad—in perspective.
Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith.
Life is full of ups and downs. No doubt, you’ve heard life compared to a roller coaster. Often, we find that it’s easier to remember God when things are going poorly than when things are going well, but Paul throws an additional wrinkle into the mix.
Not only should we recognize God no matter what life has thrown our way, we should also recognize a relationship with God is even greater than our highest of highs! Our perspective on life shifts when we realize knowing Jesus is so worthwhile, it makes everything else, even the good things, look like “rubbish.”
There is nothing greater than living our lives through Christ.
God of blessings, I know life has ups and downs. I know it’s good to celebrate the highlights. Lord, help me to keep things in perspective and to remember nothing can be greater than a relationship with you. Amen.
It’s easy to only think about things from our one, limited perspective. Jesus pushes us to see differently.
Allow yourself to be challenged. Allow your eyes to be opened. Allow your life to be changed.
Go now, and let the value of knowing Jesus change the lens through which you see the world.