Monday, October 17, 2011

The Power of Perspective: Empowering Mondays

First things first, we have Four Winners from my big 4-0 giveaway! (I used a random number generator.)
The Winner of One Thousand Gifts is Abby.
The Winner of When Women Say Yes To God is Julie V.
The Winner of Sun Stand Still is Leslie C.
The Winner of a Starbucks Giftcard is Karin H.
Please email me at kelli{at}ccclive{dot}org with your addresses so I can send your prize to you!  Thanks!

Now, back to my regular blog post...
Day 98 - You never think it'll happen to you
thanks, Iain Farrell, Flickr
Many of you are familiar with the magazine, Real Simple. I enjoy looking at all the pictures and reading the informative articles, but one of my favorite sections is New Uses for Old Things. Whoever comes up with these new uses for familiar things is a genius! Actually, they are just people with a keen and unique perspective.

Who would have thought that we could use a toilet paper roll to store our hair elastics and bobby pins neatly?

What about putting marbles in your double boiler to alert you to add more water?

What would happen if we gained a new perspective with the people in our life? 

Instead of seeing our husband as the person we have to make happy, see him as the gift God gave us to make us more like Jesus, like sandpaper sanding away our rough edges.

Instead of seeing our children as little people that we have to wait on, provide for, and clean up after, see them as gifts that remind us to laugh at life, to enjoy life with hands in the air, and to eat cake for breakfast.

Instead of seeing the people in our lives that really challenge us as problems, view them as gifts that keep us humble, keep us pliable and teachable, and keep us ever so reliant on God.

What about having a new perspective of our life situations? 

Instead of seeing our health struggle as a curse, see it as an opportunity to totally rely on God, to grow our prayer life, and to increase our trust in Him.

Instead of seeing our relationship issue as a reason to not trust anyone ever again, view it as a way to minister to others, and to seek God before we plunge in again.

Instead of seeing our overwhelming workload as a good reason to quit, use it as a catalyst to get organized, to make some life changes, and to prioritize.

Having a new perspective can be empowering.  When we begin to view those familiar people or situations for what they can be instead of what they have been or what they are even today, we have the power, ignited by hope,that we can carry on.

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.  
2 Corinthians 4: 18

So, let’s have some perspective.  It may not be Real Simple, but it can be Real Powerful.

So, what is something in your life on which you need to gain a new perspective? Please share in the comments so that I can pray for you.  P.S. I want to thank you all for making my 40th Birthday unforgettable. 

Unwrapping the gift of perspective,



Debra Burrows said...

This really reminded me to look at our family business struggles as a way to lean upon the Lord. Thank you for your gentle nudge. Your prayers would be much appreciated!

Kelli Williams Wommack said...

I would love to pray for you, Debra! Thanks for sharing. This was a message for me, so I am glad it nudged you as well. :)

Amy Dickson Ward said...

I was a little worried when I saw the empty tp roll in the picture, but I was relieved to know you weren't sending a cyberspace SOS for more tp from the confines of your water closet. Whew.

I should have known you'd bring a fresh perspective to it all.

My need for fresh perspective is with people God uses to challenge my patience and love quotient. : )

Kelli Williams Wommack said...

Amy, LOL!
I do hope I am not one of those people in your life. :)
Praying for you, girl!

Jen said...

Craziness! My whole class today was about seeing things through God's perspective! We looked at Nehemiah as he rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem and decided that he was able to do what God called Him to do because he kept God's perspective. He remembered who God is, he remembered who he himself was, and he remembered God's Word.

Great to be on the same wavelength!