Monday, I asked you to take some time and change your perspective, even if for just a few minutes. It is all too often that we become caught up in our daily lives that we do not take out time for ourselves. It is more often that we become caught up with work, the news of the day and how it may affect us. We become distracted by “life”, by things that we cannot control, yet we continue to try.
As I said, my Wednesday posting is late, because I was distracted. My day was taken up with family issues, I was inundated with work (my phone rang all day), I did not allow myself any time to think, or time to spend for myself to change my perspective of my day, from a disorganized mess, into one that I could wrap my head around.
In Act’s 17:16-23, Paul had a similar problem while in Athens. He was distressed that the city was filled with idols. This must have made him uncomfortable to say the least, and had he allowed his being uncomfortable to rule him he may not have preached the gospels. Rather than allowing himself to be distracted, he changed his perspective, seeing that the people of Athens were interested in religion, he used their interest to preach the good news of Christ and salvation.
How many times do we not change or perspective? How often do we allow the stress of our lives to define us? How often do we put off what God asks for us to do, in favor the distractions of our lives?
We should ask God to give us wisdom, that we may change our perspective, rather than lingering over what we do, to what we should be doing. We should ask for the ability to see, and fix, those whom we hurt by our distractions.
Change your perspective, Paul did, so can we.