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Monday, May 25, 2015

Eternal Perspectives

Stop and think for a moment about all the things you think matter: what is important in your life. What things are mountains, and what things are molehills. What trivial little incidents have you turned into monumental catastrophes. What personal disasters have you created because you lack perspective.

Most of what we worry and fret about, most of what we get upset about, does not really matter. Temporary circumstances and inconsequential events which loom large in our rear view mirrors and hover with menace on our horizons.

We've all got problems: some worse than others, but we're all struggling now, or have struggled, or will struggle with something. People and situations. In our personal loves and in our working lives. Life is a bit of a battle. There's no escaping suffering.

How do we get through it all? I don't know about you, but what helps me is having an eternal perspective.


Romans 8:16 says "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed to us."

One day all suffering and sorrow will end, and that will be a very good day indeed.

4 comments:

  1. I agree that having a perspective is important. For me it doesn't need to be eternal. Also, problems and struggles is what drives humanity forward, ax long as we can make them manageable.

    The Danish author Kim Leine has some interesting thoughts on peacefulness. The eternal peace will be too boring. Young people want action and conflict. That's why some are attracted to war.

    Cold As Heaven

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  2. One day, all this conflict and mudslinging will stop. We may have to wait a while, but it will come.

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  3. It's nice to meet you through Celebrate the Small Things linkup. I couldn't agree with you more. It's important to regroup our thoughts and see things for what they are and what they are not. Have a good day. I invite you to stop by anytime to see what’s going on with Curious as a Cathy, but today you have a chance to read http://curiousasacathy.com/2015/06/meet-my-grandparents-part-iii-flashbackfriday/

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