Are You Keeping Your Faith In The Proper Perspective?

| April 3, 2017

Reality Check: Are You Living for Jesus for All The Right Reasosn

The last two posts I’ve made here have been about keeping our faith fresh versus going stale in our spiritual walk. It’s too easy for me to become a person who is so used to hearing all the things about Christianity that I’d get bored by it. And I don’t want to be that way.

I want to be the woman who is still in awe of learning about God and His Word, even after I’ve read my Bible a million times. Even after I’ve heard sermon after sermon, for years and years, to still see God the same way a brand new Christian does. Wouldn’t that be really great?

Keeping it Real

Last time, I wrote about seeing Christianity through the eyes of new disciples.

This time, I’m talking about seeing myself through the eyes of reality.

First thing I thought of in this regard was that I can easily slip into doing things under my own power, thinking I have it all under control – or really not even thinking about it that way, just getting into a rut and doing spiritual looking things by “spiritual muscle memory.” I think one way of combating this in my life is keeping a right perspective about myself.

God made women to be the ones who sort of hold it all together, you know? We’re the multitaskers – the big picture people.  I’m not trying to degrade men or anything, it’s not that men are dumb or less awesome, but in a way God sort of gave us girls superpowers.

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It can be easy to forget God is the giver of the “superpower” and it’s really God’s strength I should be doing things in. This isn’t thinking of myself realistically if I think I don’t need God’s help. On the other hand, keeping myself in proper perspective isn’t about only knowing what I cannot do, but also knowing what I can do.

Keeping myself in the proper perspective is so important. It not only means acknowledging my weaknesses, but also acknowledging my strengths. And you know? It’s okay to acknowledge that you have strengths. That’s part of seeing ourselves the way God sees us.

I’m this way, and I know lots of other women are – I think of myself as unable to do many things, as inadequate, to the point where I won’t even try when someone seems too big for me to accomplish.

I forget that I have something valuable to offer. I forget that God placed me here to make a difference, that God puts things in my path that are too big for me precisely so His power shows through.

Know It, Own It, Do It

But in order to make that difference, I need to own what God made me capable of – and go out there and be willing to do it! I need to try – nothing is accomplished if I won’t even put my hand to the work and make an effort.

Knowing what God really has you here for – what God has equipped you for, has given you special abilities for, has prepared you especially for – that will send you on the greatest, grandest adventures in life! (If you’re unsure of your calling click here)

Imagine doing that thing you know God wants you to do. Imagine grabbing hold of it, and not letting go because you have acknowledged your real abilities, your real heart’s desire, your real you.  Imagine that sort of adventure… the sort that tells you that it’s not you who has all this awesomeness, but God, and because of Him being in control, you can do exactly what God tells you to do.

Imagine Living For Jesus For All The Right Reasons

Have you ever thought about actually going out and trying to do whatever it is that God has placed on your heart? You won’t go stale chasing that adventure. You won’t have time.

So I hope this is an encouragement to keep seeing yourself through the eyes of reality, neither puffing up, or tearing yourself down. With God in control, He accomplishes it all. We’re just along for the ride, and the lovely adventure that is life in Christ.

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  • Are you still in awe of God?
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25 Comments

  • Reply Heather Hart April 3, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Sherry! I love this post! How we look at things makes a huge difference. I definitely stumble along the way. Every single day. But God is faithful and I am so thankful for Him!
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  • Reply Jessica Schneider April 3, 2017 at 11:12 am

    I read this right after my thoughts went to “God how am I going to do this all?”
    I am so glad that I serve a God who is so much bigger than all of my excuses, and reasons that I can’t. Every time I think to myself that I won’t have enough time to do it all, He constantly reminds me that He holds time in His hands, and also as one of my friends says “His track record is perfect”. Thank you for this beautiful reminder!
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    • Reply Sherry Chamblee April 4, 2017 at 10:46 am

      I love that – “His track record is perfect.” 😀 Thank you for sharing that. It’s pretty powerful when we realize what you said, that God is bigger than all my excuses.

  • Reply Carissa Shaw April 4, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Awareness of our weaknesses and also strengths is pretty important. There are some areas I’m strong in but rarely focus on and lately I’ve been challenged to step up and use those strengths.

    • Reply Sherry Chamblee April 4, 2017 at 10:48 am

      That’s wonderful to be challenged, isn’t it? God doesn’t let us stay back – He challenges us to step forward. Amen. 🙂

  • Reply Andrea April 4, 2017 at 10:23 am

    I have to remind myself of that every so often – that’s it His power and strength, not mine

    • Reply Sherry Chamblee April 4, 2017 at 10:48 am

      I have to remind myself of that a lot too. I find that I rely on myself way too much.

  • Reply Hope Griffin April 4, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    I am always beating myself up and trying to talk myself out of what God has given me to do. Working on it as always 🙂 Great post!

  • Reply Alex April 5, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Honestly, I think that selfishness and pride exist both in puffing up and in tearing down. Either way, I am thinking of myself more than I am thinking of others. Viewing God with humility and awe, and giving him his rightful place in my life definitely leads me to consider others more than I consider myself, leading to selflessness.
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  • Reply Jennifer DeFrates/Heaven Not Harvard April 5, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Oh MY LANTA! I have been struggling with this just this week. How quickly we forget – every hour we need Him! I gave up yelling at my daughter for Lent. AT ALL – zero yelling in our house and then she hit a defiant streak and I relied on my own strength – and yelled. Weeks without yelling and I got complacent instead of really resting in Him. Thank you for speaking to my heart today.
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  • Reply Kelly francisco April 9, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    I lean towards puffing myself up! Confidence is good

  • Reply Amber Bourland April 9, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    I’ve been struggling with what my motivations are, and hope I am a follower of Christ for the right reasons… I AM still in awe of God, though, and hope I never lose that feeling!

  • Reply Kathy D April 9, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    I need a good read…. I am having issues with what I feel God as called me to at the moment

  • Reply Lisa Bouch April 9, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    I love having aids to help me on my path

  • Reply kelly Woods April 9, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    Yes I am still in awe of God! He is my Lord and Savior and I love Him.

  • Reply Ashley Betts April 9, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    I’m definitely still in awe from god! Everyday he shows me he is there. <3

  • Reply Dynal Roberson April 9, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    I have a tendency to tear myself down

    • Reply Sherry Chamblee April 10, 2017 at 11:06 am

      I hear you – I tend to do the same thing myself. Sometimes I have to actively shake myself out of it, because that way of thinking can be so pervasive. It’s like I just accept that I’m not up to par – ever. So this was a great reminder to me that if God sets a task for me, then that means He’ll give me the means to do it.

  • Reply Pamela Sloss April 9, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    I stumble quite frequently but I know He knows my heart.

  • Reply Elizabeth Brooks April 9, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    I tear myself down everyday… it is a challenge

  • Reply Lo Tanner | lotanner.com April 19, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Perspective is EVERYTHING! We need to filter our perspectives with the Word of God. If it doesn’t fit in His Word, it doesn’t belong in our minds!
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