FOG: Focus on Gratitude Day 7

Catching up on email yesterday, I read a blog post by Bill Sweeney of Unshakable Hope. This wheel chair bound man with ALS who writes his posts with a program that tracks his eye movements published a post on perseverance.

I dare say he knows a thing or two about it, but the kicker is the physical trial he went through trying to publish his post on perseverance!

My first response was awe. Awe at the perspective he’s developed over the years. Then I felt like a chump for the lighter afflictions I whine about. Get over yourself, Vanessa. Someone else always has it tougher than you.

But then the still small voice. He said it’s not about comparison. You don’t get points with God for suffering more. No one has more of a right to complain than another.

I’m grateful…

The Teacher and Comforter, the Holy Spirit, gives perspective. Perspective that takes my eyes off people and myself and fixes them on Jesus.

Bill perseveres not by his might or power. ALS robbed him of that. Nor is it his great faith, because it hasn’t been perfect. He perseveres by God’s grace. The measure he needs for the fight he faces.

And when my struggles arise, God provides the measure of grace I need to push through, to overcome. There’s no grade, only grace in Jesus.

Where could you use a perspective shift?

 

*Read Bill’s post here.


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