As for me, the timing was such that there were no better verses for me to settle on than these two:
“So if your serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ – that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.” (Colossians 3:1-2, MSG)
We can become so absorbed with circumstances in our lives and the introspection (OK, naval gazing), we can miss all which is going on around us. God is always at work, doing far more than we even imagine. And the enemy of our souls would love to trip us up with the pettiness which life affords us each day.
How do we combat this?
In the words of Paul, we must, “Look up.”
Where we set our sights will determine not only what we see but how we will think.
If we truly desire to think differently, we are going to need to see things from His perspective. Every day we have the choice as to where we will look, which in turn will determine how we will view the day. And that choice is ours and ours alone – – –
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” (as quoted by Viktor Frankl, a brilliant doctor who was imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp)
As we decide where we will set our sights, we determine the course of our day and the development of our character. And God is more interested in each of us developing character which looks more and more like Jesus every day.
See things from His perspective.