Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Perspective

I've got nothing.

Nothing to offer.
Nothing to share.
At least, it feels that way...sometimes. I mentioned before that the last two months have been a blur. And when life is a blur, and you're just making it through from one feeding to the next, from one kid's school project to the next, from one set of company to the next, from one load of laundry to the next...you can quickly forget what really matters. You can miss out on the joys of life.  

You find yourself irritated and you're not even always sure why.

Its in these moments that I find I need a little perspective. And maybe a little sleep (I turned on the dryer today with NO CLOTHES IN IT! I took that as an obvious clue that I either needed a little nap or a little caffeine quick).

I've found myself saying "Everyone be quiet. I need to think" quite a lot lately. So much, in fact, that one of my kids finally asked me "Mom? What do you need to think about?"

But tonight I'm reminded that my "light and momentary troubles" (2 Corinthians 4:17) are just that...light and momentary. Some burdens are lighter than others and some moments are longer than others, but from the perspective of eternity...they are all light and momentary just the same. And that is the perspective I need. That is the perspective that brings laughter from pain and joy through frustration.

Our purpose here on earth is to bring God glory. To make much of Him. To point others to Him. To reflect Jesus Christ to everyone we meet. That is what matters, and that is the perspective we must have as we go through each day. That is the perspective that allows us to "fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." (2 Corinthians 4:18)

And when we forget, or struggle or full-out fail...I thank God that He renews us day by day! (2 Cor. 4:16)  

 


"Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness." (Lamentations 3:22-23)


Two Months in Pictures

The last two months have flown by in a blur, but here's a little picture update on what we've been up to around here!

Jon's sister and her family came to visit...



My sister and her family came to visit...



We celebrated the life and mourned the death of Jon's sweet grandmother. Her funeral offered us all a tender time of reflection on God's gift of grace through salvation in Jesus Christ. This time also allowed us the blessing of several unexpected hours with Jon's family...




We've had some late nights...


We've taken turns napping...



and at times we've literally been climbing the walls!


But its been fun!