Are your thoughts based on your perspectives? Are your opinions based on your perspectives? Are your decisions based on your perspectives? Are your actions based on your perspectives?
What is the situation you are currently facing? Ever stopped to get other people’s perspective on it? Ever considered brainstorming in order to come up with the best solution? even if that isn’t yours?
How did this situation come to be? What might have caused you to get to this point in the process? Aren’t you glad you did/do ask others for their input and ideas? Aren’t you glad that you are willing to ask rather than always assume you know it all? Now how will you respond to the newly found information?
Will you try to take the high road? Will you get lost in the crowd?
What if you have been given a great responsibility to steward? Will you manage it in a way where when others look into it you will hear well done? Will you manage it in a way where when others look into it you will hear that you are wicked?
Consider the very situation you are in! Look at it from the various perspectives! Top down, bottom up, outside in, inside out, left to right, right to left, and then evaluate the options and the outcomes.
Are you willing to change your perspective to make sure you get a better view? Are you willing to change your perspective to make sure you get the right view?
Day 86: 2020 Hindsight
— The 49-Week Challenge —
— Day 86 —
With February in the rear view mirror, let’s share our takeaways from today’s reading! Did you catch and promises to trust? Did you catch any commands to obey? Did you catch any truths to embrace? Did you catch any warnings to heed? Did you catch any encouragement to rest in? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world? What verse stood out most to you today?
Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from:
(I have chosen to use NIV translation, but feel free to choose whichever version you feel more comfortable with)
- You’ve heard about it and then you hear that it is coming thru your town right now. Where do you go?
- Your stature makes it so you may have a hard time seeing anything. How might you change your perspective? or situation?
- What if it was something that would be a scheduled appointment with God? Would that change your response to making sure you get the right perspective on things?
- Imagine being Zaccheus, imagine being in the tree and being called out by Jesus and hearing that He wants to meet with you.
- With such an encounter would that change your heart, your mind, your perspective? It changed Zaccheus’!
- Will you turn back to God and repent? Will you turn back to God and do what it takes to make things right with those you may have mistreated?
- We have all been given things from God! We have all been given the responsibility to steward it! Now what are we going to do with everything we have been given? How will we put the gifts and talents God has given us to work for the glory of His kingdom? Are you trustworthy with the little in order for God to be able to trust you with more? Are you willing to be good stewards of what God has given you at the risk of losing everything if you aren’t or don’t?
- Consider today’s story of the 10 minas. The noble man gave each man 1 with the expectation to put it to work. We learn through the story that upon his return he called them all to an account.
‘ “He was made king, however, and returned home. Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it. “The first one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned ten more.’ “ ‘Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. ‘Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.’ “The second came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned five more.’ “His master answered, ‘You take charge of five cities.’ “Then another servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.’ “His master replied, ‘I will judge you by your own words, you wicked servant! You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, taking out what I did not put in, and reaping what I did not sow? Why then didn’t you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest?’ “Then he said to those standing by, ‘Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.’ “ ‘Sir,’ they said, ‘he already has ten!’ “He replied, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away. But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them—bring them here and kill them in front of me.’ ” ‘— Luke 19:15-27
- Are you walking humbly in order for God to lift you up?
- Are you walking proudly in order for God to humble you?
- God has a plan and it is good and it is to give us hope and a future!
- Will you receive it and accept it? Will you reject it and have to spend eternity apart from God?
- We see how Jesus was received when He entered into Jerusalem. We see how He entered in humbly on a colt not as one who was to be exalted or was going to demand on a war horse. Yet in spite of His humility, we see how royally He was received.
- We see that it is ok to get angry with a situation, it is that we need to make sure it is a righteous anger and that you don’t let your emotions get the best of you and cause you to sin. Let’s look to call people to a higher standard. Let’s help keep people accountable.
- Do you know those who are working among you?
- Do you know their character? Are they any restitution that is required? Are there any secrets that are unknown but that may still require restitution?
- Will you humble yourself rather than doing what was evil?
- Will you humble yourself rather than needing to deal with calamity?
- Will you do evil and have to deal with the consequences?
- Will you show contempt to God?
- Will you take accountability for the actions you have taken? Even if under the temptations that caused you to sin?
- Will you worship the Lord?
- Will you trust and believe in God through all things?
- What is your position? What is your role? What is your responsibility?
- Will you be a good steward of it?
- Will you do with the position, role, and responsibility you have been given?
- Do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
As day 86 of 2020 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 in that power and that truth and that hope.
If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?
Did you pray with me? Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision? Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?