Learning to put things in perspective...

Today we were sitting in front of our TV watching a football game when the issue of our bank account and money was brought up. I was mad because my husband tends to spend where I tend to save. And within seconds words filled with miscommunication were flying and we were in a fight.

We had a bible study to prepare for and both grudgingly did our work. The people filed in and as they did all I could wish was that I wasn't here teaching a bible study with him! I secretly hoped no one would show so that I could go wallow in the tiff we'd just had, wallow in my emotions.

Our study was on 'authentic relationships' and this particular lesson centered on believing in real change. Off topic, someone had brought up that we needed to realize that our problems were miniscule comparatively. Thinking of the vast universe in which God created us, we're only a speck of a speck, and the time we spend here compared to eternity is a blip on the radar of eternal life. Like my pastor once said, our life here "is going to be like thinking about that one day in first grade."

Suddenly my little tiff with my husband didn't seem so important, and neither did my resentment. Don't get me wrong, God absolutely values us and thinks we're important, but it's so easy to get distracted by what could be made out to be so important, that we might miss what's truly important.

If I hadn't gone and taught this study I wouldn't have been fed spiritually and I would have missed out on a very important lesson, not to mention some great fellowship. If I had let what seemed so important at the time control my day, I would've missed out on what was really important. It's all about keeping it in perspective.

If you want a blast of God perspective, turn to Job 38.

4 "Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation?
Tell me, if you understand.

5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line across it?

6 On what were its footings set,
or who laid its cornerstone-

7 while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels [a] shouted for joy?

8 "Who shut up the sea behind doors
when it burst forth from the womb,

9 when I made the clouds its garment
and wrapped it in thick darkness,

10 when I fixed limits for it
and set its doors and bars in place,

11 when I said, 'This far you may come and no farther;
here is where your proud waves halt'?

12 "Have you ever given orders to the morning,
or shown the dawn its place,

13 that it might take the earth by the edges
and shake the wicked out of it?

14 The earth takes shape like clay under a seal;
its features stand out like those of a garment.


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