Perspective for a Stressful Monday Morning

How is your Monday going so far?

I’ve been fighting frustration this weekend – it’s tempting to wallow.

I always find that a bit of perspective helps whenever I’m struggling with something. And this book by Francis Chan has been helping me gain a little perspective the past few days.

I love books that lift you out of whatever rut you’re in and help you take yourself less seriously – writing that has you laughing one minute and pondering the philosophy of your life choices the next.

So, I enjoyed the following passage from Crazy Love – a book that asserts that “harsh words and the loving truth often go hand in hand.”

“Basically, these two behaviors (worry and stress) communicate that it’s okay to sin and not trust God because the stuff in my life is somehow exceptional. Both worry and stress reek of arrogance…So many of us think and live like the movie of life is all about us. Now consider the movie of life…

God creates the world. (Were you alive then? Was God talking to you when He proclaimed ‘It is good’ about all He had just mad?)

Then people rebel against God (who, if you haven’t realized it yet, is the main character in this movie), and God floods the earth to rid it of the mess people made of it…

Later, along come Joseph and Moses and many other ordinary and inadequate people that the movie is also not about God is the one who picks them and directs them and works miracles through them.

In the next scene, God sends judges and prophets to His nation because the people can’t seem to give Him the one thing He asks of them (obedience).

And then the climax: The Son of God is born among the people whom God still somehow loves. While in this world, the Son teaches His followers what true love looks like. Then the Son of God dies and is resurrected and goes back up to be with God

From start to finish, this movie is obviously about God. He is the main character. How is it possible that we live as though it is about us?

So, that’s one more thing that’s such a relief about being a Christian – I’m let off the hook in thinking that life is all about me!

Have you ever just needed someone to tell you to get over yourself? 🙂

Hope you have a great rest of your week! 🙂

*the photo of the French alps is from THIS website

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4 Responses to Perspective for a Stressful Monday Morning

  1. nancy says:

    THat was a thoughtful and encouraging post. My favorite scripture to meditate on when overwhelming fear or worry try to take over is 2 Timothy 1:7 “God has not given us a spirit of fear but of love and of power and of a sound mind.” Also 1 John 4:18.
    Blessings,
    Nancy in WA

  2. Caleb says:

    I don’t understand how this is encouraging…I feel so convicted…

    • That’s a good point – I guess it’s encouraging when you need to take yourself less seriously. And convicting when you’re not thinking of anything but yourself. It depends on the day for me, but it’s good perspective, no?

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