Making all things new

My daughter Kendra has a contagious heart for the Lord Jesus and an unwavering commitment to love and minister to others on His behalf. She has a special style in capturing the complexity of life challenges and spiritual hope with vivid expressions of her walk with the Lord.

I asked if I could post her thoughts on our ALIVE Ministries blog. As you know, the acronym for A.L.I.V.E. is Always Living In View of Eternity. Her thoughts bring the teaching concept into the realities of day to day living.  Dr. Ken

Kendra writes:

Asking for MORE of Him in 2018! Thought I would share my impressions from my quiet time this morning…

I saw Jesus shaking out a long, shimmery tapestry, almost rippling  out through His hands but running through eternity.

I heard him say to “shake things off”, in the picture of eternity, we need to just let some things go. He said to trust me for the bigger eternal perspective. It’s all about the inner things that I am weaving in, even when you don’t see how. Press on to know Me more! I will not disappoint you. You are my beloved, my chosen. You are accepted. You are always invited. Wrap up in my love this year. Just sit in the presence of my love and let it seep down to your innermost parts. Stop looking back thinking that the road behind you will give you directions for the road ahead. This is a new path. I’m making all things NEW!

Always Living In View of Eternity

I admit I was shocked when the guy next to me in the locker room took his leg off and put it into the locker. He lost his leg in the war and was well on the way to overcoming the overwhelming. He was an excellent racquetball player and said he was glad to be back in the game of life. There are hundreds of individuals with the identical loss who never regained practical recovery and purpose in life. So what makes the difference?

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed….We do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

(2 Corinthians 4: 9, 16-18)

There are endless factors that contribute to managing a life crisis.  A person’s perspective of life and self, especially in troubled times, changes everything. It is true that some get up every morning and look in the mirror and all they see is the “missing leg”, while others are realistic about their loss but are unwaveringly determined to get back in the game of life.

Troubling headlines, whether national or personal, create in us unexpected and unwanted  fears of the “what if’s”. Negative, critical and fearful thoughts about life and even about ourselves can contribute to personal frustration, chronic anxiety and spiritual anemia.

For decades, the life-changing power of perspective has been the foundation principle of ALIVE Ministries. These Bible truths can saturate our way of thinking and our way of living. An eternal perspective cultivates confidence, courage and commitment as we navigate the unexpected events in life. Seeing life through the grid of Bible truth is the single most important contributor to emotional, relational, physical and spiritual fulfillment.

God’s Word influences my perspective.
    My perspective influences my response.
        My response influences the outcome…
             100% of the time.

Once I practice seeing life from an eternal perspective, then I can become energized to see myself from God’s point of view as well. As we consider carefully and understand more fully, how we view ourselves can be a powerful source of motivation for how we live life, relate to others and serve the Lord.

Filling your mind and heart with “truth messages” from His Word and routinely reminding yourself of how God sees you is health-producing and contagious. Why not intentionally start a new habit of seeing yourself as an image-bearer of the Lord Jesus?

Why not determine to have a glad heart, a confident spirit and a Biblically based response to pain-saturated and fear-generating challenges. Why not ask God to help you change the messages of your mind and heart to be in harmony with His unwavering truth?

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

(Ephesians 2:10)