Pastor's Monthly Message...November..2015

Eternal Perspective
The wisdom and glory for the Lord are due in part because of His ability to see events from an "eternal perspective" and judge their consequences by that much more accurate measure. We do not have the ability to see things as God does. However, we can in a very modest way make use of the attribute of Perspective. This ability to see things from different perspective is one characteristic which separates us from all other creatures, and the "extended perspective" is one of our most useful vantage points.
When the farmer plows a straight furrow he is not usually watching the ground immediately in front of him. He is often focused on a fixed point at the end of the field to get a perspective on his work and to keep his rows straight.
The draftsman at his desk, the carpenter at this building craft find that the longer the measuring device, the more accurate the calculation.
The most effective way for an explorer to make his way through uncharted country is by pointing to some distant destination. If he would concentrate only on the area right at his feet, he will find himself traveling in circles.
When the ancient navigators began to take their bearings from the far perspective of the stars, new worlds began to open up to them
The idea of "long perspective" is more than a handy tool for guidance and navigation, more than an implement for agriculture or construction. When we apply it to our lives, a "lengthy perspective" can give us some very valuable direction and wisdom.
Very seldom do I feel that I've made bad decisions from taking too long to make a decision based upon a "long perspective". Usually, it is the other way around. Usually we do not look for enough ahead to see the implications of our actions. We so often get driven by our immediate needs and actions. we can waste so much time in numerous side paths and distractions which seem important at the time but don't contribute to our progress.
These side paths and distractions may even add to our difficulties and discomfort. The short term joy of owning a new possession may lead to the long term burden for too much debt and too many monthly payments. The short term pleasure of being idle and procrastinating can produce long term frustration and failure when we find ourselves unprepared to face future challenges. When we give in to the momentary pleasures of our appetites. We can subject ourselves to long term health problems, and giving in to the dubious satisfaction of sin can stunt our spiritual growth and development.
On the other hand, once we establish long term goals, amazing things can happen to our progress. Our conscience can become an internal guidance system, leading us on to distant goals.
When we align our goals with the "eternal perspective" of God, we will feel peace and satisfaction of knowing that at no times in the future will we look back in sorrow and wish that we had done things differently. We will be content that our thoughts and actions are taking us where we ultimately want to go and that God can and will help us get there.

Pastor Hans Lillejord