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Joy Perspective

“Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world”

Philippians 2:14-15 (NKJ)

On a beautiful sunny day, I greeted our neighbors as I walked our dog through our neighborhood.  Extending the typical greetings of “how are you doing?” was met with more than a few grumbled responses.

Today, many around the world, are living under lockdown orders, in confined quarters, limited access to necessities and unable to enjoy daily activities.  Our neighborhood is in a middle of beautifully wooded park land, enjoying wide open spaces and near many conveniences.  While many are experiencing significant impact on their careers, to the best of my knowledge, everyone in this neighborhood is gainfully employed or retired.  

The responses reflected a narrow perspective, which in turn forced me to reflect on my own perspective and attitudes.  Living in the grace and abundant mercy of GOD of heaven, do I conduct myself with joy?  Does my walk reflect Philippians 2:14-15?   Equally important, what am I willing to do to become harmless and blameless before the LORD?

GOD’s word tells me to trust GOD and be reverently thankful. “Fret not about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto GOD.” (Phil 4:6)  Also, HE tells me to care for others “…not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” (Phil. 4:32)

In short, follow JESUS’s command, love GOD and love your neighbor as you love yourself.  This seems to me to be the shortest route to changing one’s perspective.