Perspective is EVERYTHING.
I say this phrase often. Admittedly, my husband hates it. He really hates it. Yet, time and time again I find that the way you perceive can impact literally every area of your life.
How you perceive love will affect what you will settle for in a relationship.
How you perceive money will affect what you are willing to do for it.
How you perceive health will affect what you eat and how you exercise.
How you perceive yourself will affect what you allow in your life.
So, for now...I truly believe, "Perspective is everything."
This concept is not a new one. One clear example of this occurs in the story of David. Shortly after, David's clear victory against Goliath, he receives an offer from Saul. King Saul offers David his daughter Merab. Though Saul's intentions were not great, what's much more interesting is David's response.
“Who am I, and what is my family in Israel that I should be the king’s son-in-law?” David exclaimed. “My father’s family is nothing!” 1 Samuel 18:18
David was handed the opportunity to become a part of the family line and he believed he wasn't good enough. Interestingly, two chapters prior David was already anointed to one day be king.
And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!” Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. 1 Samuel 16:12-13
So, here we have David anointed be king and given the perfect opportunity to step into his kingship. However, his lack of confidence in himself and his family line caused him to reject the chance.
As you are reading this, you may relate to feeling absolutely unworthy. Maybe you feel led to do something big, but you feel unqualified because of your past, race, social economic status, or ability. Maybe you feel like David, a warrior in some aspects but defeated in others.
Is it possible that your perception is keeping you from walking right into God's plan for you?
Fortunately, David does eventually realize God's favor in His life.
And David perceived that the LORD had confirmed him king over Israel, for his kingdom was lifted up on high, because of his people Israel. 1 Chronicles 14:2
The question today is, do you perceive who God says you are?
Do you believe it when He says you are loved?
Do you believe it what He's spoken His plan for your life?
Here's what I've learned. When you reach the point where you really believe what God says about you, your life has to change! Your entire life now becomes filtered through His word. You now have the opportunity to rethink every challenge and see it as an opportunity. First, however, you must have eyes to see.
Over and over in the Bible, you see the phrase, "let him who have eyes to see." This is not a natural vision. This is supernatural vision to see beyond whats right in front of you. Instead, you are seeing things from God's point of view. You are "seeing" by faith. You are seeing with the word of God as your foundation. However, the only way to truly do this is to know what He says about you.
Today, I encourage you to shift your perspective. Make a choice to dig into God's promises. Ask Him to show you who you are. And when you are faced with an opportunity, make a choice to not allow your insecurities to stand in the way. #GoForIT!
I encourage you to click here to read verses to remind you of God's promises over you. This is where your perspective must derive from if you want to see a change in your life. Know who are and what He says about you more than you know anything else...and walk in it!
For more on perspective, listen to the podcast "Perspective In The Pit" on Spotify, Anchor, or Itunes!