Sunday, September 2, 2012


(Image Courtesy of  Digital Photography School )
Perspective. It's something we all need to stop and think about now and then, especially in times of frustration or anticipation. It's all too easy to get caught up in the things in life we don't have and throw our own Woe is Me Pity Party that no one wants to attend. How great it is to have people in your life to whisper words heavy with wisdom into your life now and then.

We're trying to sell our house. It's a new adventure for me and that foxy Mr. of mine. We started this adventure off with the attitude of this: We have a great home we love and are thankful for. We see an opportunity for us to invest our money into something better suited for us in the future. We could take it, we could leave it. But we'll never know if it's even an option if we don't put our home on the market. So let's dive in and see what happens, and in the mean time enjoy what God's blessed us with.

Great attitude, right? I mean, that's like the PERFECT perspective for any seller to keep. It's a perspective that offers freedom. 

Funny how it doesn't take long to get caught up in the game of it all. I'm confident Satan is alive and at work and in the business of making us feel like we deserve everything and what we have is not enough. It's a message that is preached in shopping centers, on television, in car lots, even in relationships. But my God tells me something different. God makes it clear that we are sinners and that we cannot save ourselves. The only way to Him is through His son, Jesus, who lived and died on the cross for our sin and shame. Not because of anything we've done, but because of who He is. Not because of works, but through faith. The world owes me nothing; all I deserve is death. All that I am and all that I have is only because of God's compassion. And should he chose to take it all away, my resolve remains the same: The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord.

My mom is my friend and my rock. She also happens to be my (favorite) realtor. She reminded me last week, "Whether or not your house sells, you still are one of the few in the world who has a roof over her head and food in her home to eat. You have the ability to work and a safe place to lay your head." Her whispering those fresh words over my life have encouraged me to respond to my dissatisfaction a little differently. Instead of feeling impatient, I'm going to choose gratefulness. Instead of wanting more, I'm going to find a way to give to those who need more. And instead of getting caught up in what lies ahead, I'm going to praise God for the here and now.

Meanwhile, someone should buy our house... ;)

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