I saw Joyce Meyer the other day read this letter and knew I had to share it with you.
“Dear Mom and Dad I know since I have moved to college I have not written much. So I wanted to bring you up to date in this letter. Please however make sure you are sitting down before you read the letter. Are you sitting down? Please sit down before you read the letter.
Well I am doing pretty well now --The skull fracture I received from jumping out of my apartment window due to a fire in my complex shortly after arriving has almost healed. I only get those sick headaches now once a day. Luckily a man who works at a gas station witnessed the whole event. He brought me to the hospital and visited me often. Due to the fire I had nowhere else to live so he invited me to share his one bedroom basement apartment. He is a very fine boy, although not well educated and is infected with a slight disease, which I now have, we have fallen deeply in love. We plan on getting married sometime before my pregnancy begins to show. Yes I am pregnant. I know how much you are looking forward to being grandparents. I know you will welcome the baby and give it the same love as you gave me as a child. I know that although the father is a different race and religion your tolerance will not allow that to hinder you from welcoming him to the family. Now that I have brought you up to date at this point I just wanted to tell you there was no fire or skull facture, I was never in the hospital, I am not getting married, I am not pregnant, and there is not even a boyfriend in my life. However, with all that being said I am failing History and Science, but just wanted you to have a proper perspective when you thought about the situation.” AuthorUnknown- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3Rc3pldeQw
If you received a letter like this from your child, can you imagine how happy you would feel that they were only failing History and Science! When you put it into “perspective” with all the things that could have been true in the letter, you would realize it is not the end of the world. It is a problem that can be fixed, resolved, mended, corrected, or solved. However, there are some things in the letter that would not allow second chances. The point is that in life we allow our self to zoom in on the problems and then before you know it we have lost our perspective of the big picture. I honestly believe it is the reactions to the small things in life, that will determine how we will react to others, and whether we are overall miserable or happy.
I know some of you are list makers, or maybe an A, B, C, and D planner. I hate to burst your bubble but sometimes the list will not get finished, and all four plans may get booted. Somewhere deep inside we have to find the faith and ability to say, “It is OK- there is a reason for this event. I will accept it, and not be upset.” So something small does not halt the whole entire day. (Please know that I am not even considering asking you to not make the list because after years of experience I know it is not possible.) Others of us might be opposite from list makers and have our own issues. Maybe we are very people oriented and do things on the fly sometimes. We have to realize that not everyone enjoys being around people all the time, and not everyone operates on the fly or even appreciate it for that matter. The point is that we are all different and if we keep those things in perspective things would go a lot smoother in life. I am currently working on this little perspective endeavor everyday. I probably ask myself now many times a day “Now does this really matter? Does it affect the big picture?” Honestly 9 out of 10 times the answer is it will be annoying, but not disastrous or life changing.
Colossians 3:1-2 (New Living Translation)- Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.
Mathew 25:34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
When we focus on the needs of others we don’t have time to get stuck in selfishness, where is ultimately where we lose our perspective most of the time? In selfishness we turn our eyes away from God and his plan, and toward and our selfish wants and desires. The bottom line is that if we put all our focus on God and where he is leading us, we won’t even have time to be upset about all the little things because his plans are so much bigger than ours!