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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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November 28, 2011 - Perspective

By Gary Rogers

My grandson Keaton came home from his first-grade class filled with excitement. He ran up to his mother smiling ear to ear and with all the expression of fulfillment a 6-year-old can express said, “Mom, I got homework!” He was delighted to have homework.

Homework represented being older. Keaton had watched his older brother come home with homework and develop the discipline of study instead of play. Now for him to be given the same responsibility was a delight. It represented an achievement, an advancement, and progress.

Have you realized in life how things change with perspective? Recently, a lady sitting in a hospital room introduced me to the man she was the caregiver for and said very loudly, “A young man is here to visit with you.” When I heard that I thought, “Wow, she thinks I’m young.” Then she told me the man I was visiting was 100 years old. To him a 57-year-old guy is young. On the other hand, teachers in their mid-twenties are considered old by kids my grandson’s age.

As followers of Christ, we are to see circumstances in life from a perspective of faith. Faith gives us a positive evaluation resulting in excitement for life. Faith prevents a negative evaluation that leans toward criticism and cynicism. In this world you can have a joy-filled life through faith in Jesus Christ.

Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:11, NKJV).

I believe we need to be more like Keaton and identify God’s positive perspective in things others see only the negative. Living by faith fills our hearts with joy regardless of circumstances.

— Gary Rogers is senior pastor of Grand Assembly of God in Chickasha, Okla.

 

 

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