Perspective Really Is Everything

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                                                                          (Special Guest Blog-By Sarah Griffith)

 Sarah is an awesome friend, woman and leader in the church, and I am honored to have her as my first guest blogger. Sarah Pastors alongside her husband Chris at Pursuit Church in Bartiesville, Ok. I believe her blog today will encourage you and inspire you.

 If you have been in ministry or church leadership for any amount of time, you have likely heard this statement over and over again… Perspective is everything. But can something as simple as our perspective really effect our situations THAT much?

The definition of perspective is: a particular attitude or way of regarding something; a point of view. I find this definition to be unique because our attitude often determines our point of view, and in turn our point of view often determines our attitude.

2 Corinthians 4:18 tells us to “fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen, for what is seen is temporary, and what is unseen is eternal.”

This verse is applicable to every situation you will ever face in your ministry, with your family, at your job. When the bills pile up, when your church isn’t growing, when you feel like you have lost all effectiveness. It provides both instruction and encouragement. If we fix our eyes on our current situation (what is seen), we are forced to take our eyes off of Jesus (what is unseen). Whenever we take our eyes off of Him, our problem becomes magnified. We lose our perspective. And when our point of view changes- our attitude changes. When our eyes are fixed on Jesus we have faith, and hope, and wisdom, and peace. When our eyes are fixed on our situation we have fear, and worry, and doubt, and oppression.

Here is the encouraging part… what is seen is temporary! Our situation, our trial, and our season of struggle… it’s going to end! But our God is eternal, His love is eternal. His provision and solution is ahead of us and THAT is what we are to fix our eyes on. When we keep our perspective (our attitude and our point of view) laser focused on Jesus and what His Word promises for us, we are able to make it through our current difficulty with our head held high and our hearts full of courage. Exactly the way Jesus intends us to.

Throughout the Bible we are reminded that troubles will come, difficulties will arise, and things will not always go the way we think they should. But for every instance we find of God’s people dealing with lack, hardship or trouble, we also see God mightily working things out on their behalf. We see impossible situations completely turned around. We see betrayal replaced by honor. We see miraculous provision in times of desolation and famine. These are the things we need to fix our eyes on- the unfailing eternal power of the God who calls us His own, and loves us so much that He gave His only son to die on a cross, just for us.

No matter what situation you are facing today- whether you’re attempting to overcome defeat, scrambling to figure out how to function in uncharted territory, or experiencing what seems to be the most difficult, debilitating struggle you have ever known, I encourage you to maintain a perspective of thankfulness. Don’t fix your eyes on how bad this temporary situation may seem. Instead thank God for the provision, peace and blessing that is on the horizon. His promises are true; His love never fails. Our perspective really IS everything.

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One life-changing moment with Jesus can change the trajectory of a life!

Don’t miss an opportunity to share Jesus with someone this weekend it could change someone’s life!Image

Good Friday was a game changer for me! It was 1996 and I was arrested and sitting in the back of a police car. True Story! I was having a conversation with the officer as he was taking me to the station. I said, “Officer do you think God could be trying to get my attention”? The officer replied, “I don’t know maybe.” I then sat back in that police car singing Alanis Morissette, “Isn’t it Ironic Don’t You Think”. Hey, Don’t judge it was 1996.

I was released that night but the next day I had to face my mom (I was only 17). Needless to say we fought like crazy and I told her how much I hated my life, myself, and I knew something needed to change. I just didn’t know how to change it.

I thought about killing myself, I can’t even tell you how may people told me my life was worthless and no one cared for me. I felt I had no purpose and that my life was nothing but a tragedy. Everyone told my mom to give up on me, I’m so thankful she didn’t. She always prayed for me.

A few weeks prior to my “Good Friday” experience someone had invited me to a church, I told my mom maybe we should TRY church and see if God could do something! I always thought God was real I just wasn’t sure He cared about my life or me. We never went on Easter, but two weeks after Easter we visited a church. It was there that I had an encounter with God that changed my entire life. That Sunday morning I gave my life to Jesus. Two things that brought me to that place, one someone prayed for me, and two someone asked me to visit their church. My life was forever changed, and not just mine, but other people who I have now lead to the Lord.

Invite someone to church this week. Please Don’t give up praying for your kids. Don’t count someone out because they seem “too far-gone”. I am living proof that one life-changing moment with Jesus can change the trajectory of a life. Since 1996 I have gone to bible college, spent a month in Peru, did missions work in Mexico, worked and traveled all over America setting up conferences for an international ministry. I was a pastor at a church and now with my awesome husband we are embarking on planting a new life-giving church in Missouri.

Never give up on people. Please invite someone this Easter to church. That seemingly small invite could change everything.

-Tara

PS. —A Special thank you to my mom, Marilyn Purdy. Thank you for praying for me, and never giving up on me. Thank you Trisha H. for inviting me to your church that day. My life has never been the same. Thank you for all the people that shared Jesus with me. I might have blown you off but the seeds you sowed were not wasted. Thank you!