Of parking spaces and perspectives

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority
 it is time to pause and reflect.”
~ Mark Twain


 

It happened in the Costco parking lot.

An open parking space. The driver of the first car missed seeing it by inches and began backing up to park there. The driver behind her laid on his horn and rushed to maneuver his car tightly inside and past hers, into the space. And though he’d won the battle for the space, he still got out of his car visibly fuming, saying what I believe were not-so-nice things under his breath.

All over a parking space.

This is what we call a perspective problem. Someone’s morning is ruined because he almost didn’t steal the parking space closest to the door.

There is a daily battle being waged between the world’s perspective and the eternal perspective.

The world’s perspective cries out, “Here I am! Me first! Look out for number one!”

The eternal perspective rallies under, “There you are! You first! How can I serve you?”

Living under the world’s perspective is a heavy burden.

Social media vies for our attention, baiting us to join the contest of comparison. Advertising reminds us that unless we have more, we can never be more. Our credentials and vehicles, our toys and houses label our “worth” according to the world. And we are comparing and consuming and dissecting and spinning these expectations, all the while trying to swipe the best spot in the Costco parking lot.

But we don’t have to live this way. 

We don’t have to choose self over all else. Self-centered sin doesn’t have to burden us. There is an eternal perspective that allows us to run our race, the one He has chosen for us, with peace, perseverance and an eternal outlook.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.~ Hebrews 12:1 (NLT)

Jesus says we can get rid of the heaviness of sin, our self-fulfilling mindset, and trade our burdens for His.

“My yoke is easy [to bear] and My burden is light.” ~ Matt. 11:30 (AMP)

The yoke of this world is anything but light and easy to bear.

With an eternal perspective, my thinking radically shifts. Now I am concerned about what God thinks. Now I try to see situations as He does. Now I want to care about the things He cares about.

My perspective has changed.

And suddenly that Costco parking spot doesn’t matter at all . . .


“O Lord my God . . . May I strive to please no one or fear to displease anyone except Yourself.”

Elizabeth Elliot, Keep a Quiet Heart

 


So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.  

2 Corinthians 4:18 (NLT)

 


Cling to the eternal perspective –
today is a GOOD day!
~ Natalie

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