What Is Real?

Real Perspective

WhatIsRealDevoTrust the Lord and do good. Live in the land and feed on truth. Enjoy serving the Lord, and He will give you what you want. Depend on the Lord; trust Him, and He will take care of you. Then your goodness will shine like the sun, and your fairness like the noonday sun. (Psalm 37:3-6)

Ponder It.
With what do you struggle to fully accept about God’s perspective, promise, or truth?
What is the next step you want to take in yielding your perspective to God’s?

Receive It. A protagonist is the leading character of a story. I’m the protagonist of my life. Or am I? It’s a logical assumption for me. It’s my life. I see how I affect others and how they affect me. From my perspective, it seems I’m the main character. I’m not self-centered or inflated because of it. I don’t believe the world revolves around me. I’m just saying it seems as if I’m the protagonist in my story. But when I was studying the book of Jonah, my assumption was challenged.

The entire book of the Bible is named after Jonah, and it’s about His journey, but it’s not all about Him. In Jonah’s disobedience, God strategically used His life to draw others close. Jonah’s disobedience had a significant impact on the captain and sailors of the ship on which Jonah was trying to escape God’s plan. Jonah’s story isn’t about Jonah. It’s about God. My story isn’t about me. It’s about God. God is the protagonist of your story. You might think your story is insignificant, confusing, painful, beautiful, inspiring, tragic, or dysfunctional. What about when you realize your story is God’s story? Does it change the way you see it? God is invested in your life. He created you with purpose. That doesn’t mean your life will go smoothly. It doesn’t mean it will be easy. God gives us choices. He weaves our responses throughout the storyline, entwining our lives with others throughout every phase of our lives. We think we’re the source of the ripples radiating from our lives when it’s actually God. The only authentic perspective is God’s perspective. Let His perspective invade yours today.

Live It. Peppermint is an invasive smell. It’s easily absorbed by substances around it. Keep peppermint with you all day: mints, gum, a candle. As peppermint surrounds you, be reminded to let God’s perspective invade and overwhelm yours.