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The View from Down Here

Perspective is a funny thing. Sometimes the Lord helps us put on the skids and forces us to look at life from a different point of view than we were expecting. Like last month when my big brother shared that he might have cancer. Devastating!

My brother and I have been best friends since college. His wife was even my college roommate. Our kids consider each other siblings more than cousins and we still look forward to opportunities to get together or just chat on the phone.

But with this call, I wasn’t the kid-sister. I was the first call to help him sort through his emotions before he had to tell his wife and his son. I sucked up every tear and kept my voice even and low, remaining objective so he could sort through his thoughts and emotions without having to deal with mine.

In the days that followed, I kept him in constant prayer, reminding God that my brother, His servant, wasn’t finished yet. Minor insecurities, annoyances, and irritations disappeared. Weighing against the reality of our temporary lives, very little seemed important. God’s big picture became the forefront of my mind. Such is the case when what I think is “life” comes skidding to a halt in the face of something that could profoundly alter it.

Then there are the times when the Lord eases us into a new perspective over the course of time and experience. I also had that “aha” this month.

I didn’t realize that the last time I chatted with you was a year and a half ago! I mean, I expected to back off blogging a little bit because I’d been doing so many for so long, but an eighteen-month silence is not just a back-off!

 

I’m thinking I had a little bit of goldfish-memory syndrome.

That’s a running joke in my family.
Goldfish in a bowl:
I have a castle…
Oh, my gosh, there’s a castle over there…
Wow, I can see a castle…
What’s that big building over there?
Wait, is that a castle?

And so on. Such was the case with me planning to do another blog post. I had every good intention, but time and memory shot them down.

Doing this blog now helps me realize just how much has changed in this eighteen months. At the time of my last post, my goal was to churn out two dozen books during 2018. And I did, but I wasn’t happy with the tradeoff – very little time apart from work, no writing time of my own, and errors in a couple of the books that could have been avoided if I hadn’t been so rushed.

My perspective has changed about my business. We’re now focusing on launching books – making the most of each of them and doing the best we can for them. We’re publishing fewer of them, but hoping that each will do exponentially better as it hits the market.

My perspective has also changed about the Lord. I look forward to spending time with Him in the mornings, sometimes spending hours in Scripture reading, study, and prayer. That’s beyond my expectations in a huge way! I also love working with the youth at our church and encouraging them to make their faith their own and not miss the opportunity to have a real relationship with the Creator of the universe.

So all-in-all, as I say in my bio, I’m pretty content with where the Lord has me and what He has me doing. Especially since my big-bro was declared cancer-free! Yep! After preparing myself for the worst so I could encourage him, he let that news fly, and I bawled like a baby! Right there in front of my nephew and my girls. And I’m not even ashamed! I’m happy to bawl about news like that any day!

What about you? Are you getting a fresh perspective abruptly or over the course of time? Or maybe not at all? Maybe the Lord has worked you through some perspective training already? Care to share? I’d love to hear about your journey with the Lord with this issue.