Life At Its Best: Getting a higher perspective
By Jim Graff
April 25, 2014 at midnight
Updated April 24, 2014 at 11:25 p.m.
Eagles are powerful birds. They can soar higher than almost every other bird of their species. At first, I thought this ability was simply a way for the eagle experience pleasure or to exhibit superiority over other birds. But later, I learned that it's actually vital to their survival.
At a low altitude, an eagle sees the land around it from a narrow perspective. It appears that there's not enough prey to acquire the amount of food needed for it to live satisfied. Thankfully, eagles can soar higher. They have innate knowledge that their life will be better if they take a higher perspective.
As they fly higher, they begin to see everything more clearly. The land that once appeared unfit to sustain them actually proves to be teeming with opportunity. It had everything they needed to live better. They just had to change their perspective.
This can often be the case in our own lives. We've all been in situations or circumstances where we feel unequipped or unfit to succeed. We don't think we have the time, money, skill, resources, strength, etc. to live the life God has for us.
Maybe it's in the area of relationships or job opportunities. Or maybe it's an addiction we don't believe we can break or a dream we don't believe we can reach. Whatever it is, we often become content to simply settle for less. But the good news is that God has given us everything we need to overcome every circumstance.
Jesus said that He came to give us life, "life to the fullest." He knows how to lead us to a better life from wherever we are. But to get there, we must be wiling to pursue better thoughts.
We must be careful not to allow ourselves to adopt a stuck mindset. God's word promises that He will work "all things together for the good of those who love Him and stay called to His plan." There's no circumstance or situation too strong to keep us from moving forward.
So when you're battling wrong thoughts, remind yourself of what His word says. Let His thoughts govern your attitude and approach to every situation. Then, pursue a better perspective on your situation.
Notice an eagle's life doesn't get better because its situation changes. Rather, it is a result of changing its perspective. The same is true in our lives. There's always more going on than what we see. When we see no answer to our challenges, we must ask God to open our eyes to see our life through His eyes. Ask Him to show you what next steps to take and begin moving in the right direction.
Soon, you will be amazed at God's ability to provide solutions. You will realize why He is so confident in His ability to bring forth what He promised you.
How do you view difficult situations? I encourage you to see them as opportunities, not merely obstacles. Instead, adopt God's thoughts about your life. Let His perspective determine your decisions. Allow His view to lead you to a better life today.
Jim Graff is the Senior Pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria. Visit faithfamilyvictoria.com.