View above the cloudsLook around. What do you see? Life is happening everywhere. People get up, go to work, go to school, take care of business, take care of kids, take out the trash… but what’s it all about?

How we view the world affects how we experience life. How we answer the big questions in life determines how we approach life. Is life just a big free-for-all? Grab what you can while you can and have a good time? Is it about leaving the world a better place, leaving your mark, making lots of money, impressing mankind, seeing the world, or raising a bundle of kids? Are we just molecular sludge, evolved over billions of years?

There are many perspectives. If we look at Hollywood, we might think life is just all about wealth, fame, and indulgence. If we look at Washington, DC, we might think it’s about power, prestige, and popularity. If we look at Wall Street, it seems to be about high-powered greed. If we look at professional sports — strength, achievement, and glory. If we look at many churches, we might think it’s about size and appearances.

If life is about getting, achieving, looking good, and self-gratification, there’s no room for love — at least no room for loving anyone other than ourselves. And even if you throw in a little kindness, it’s still just a self-serving journey that ends at the grave. We live our own little story, where we are the main character… and then we die. No thanks!

I know we are created for something greater than that. We’re players in a grand story. We have key roles, but we’re not the key players. This story has no end. It is an exciting drama, full of adventure, romance, tragedy, irony, humor, and challenge. Each day we’re invited to enter in with curiosity, wondering where The Great Author will lead us, what new things we’ll experience, what we’ll learn about Him, and how we’ll be changed.

In this story we are greatly flawed but forgiven. We play a variety of roles, but we’re also a child of the King, serving Him, fighting for Him, and watching for His return. We are painfully aware that we have an enemy who tempts and threatens to destroy us and those we love. We know that the pleasures and treasures of this world are temporary. So, we press on, reaching for the prize of spending eternity with our Lord and Savior. And there the story will surely continue.

What’s it all about? “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

Want some perspective? Look at Jesus. Let’s enter His story daily, experiencing His love, wonder, beauty, grace, mercy, and faithfulness. There is so much more to come!

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:1–10

Personal Application

Take some time to quietly sit before the Lord and consider your life and the perspectives you’re living by. What do you see? Ask the Lord to give you His perspective for your life and pursue Him daily to follow it.

Jim and Wendell signatures Jim Grassi, D. Min. and Wendell Morton

We cherish any verse in Scripture that reminds us to keep focused and intentional about evangelism and discipleship. “But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.” 2 Timothy 4:5