How many times have you heard someone complaining about their life and what isn’t going according to their plans? Life isn’t fair. We all have heard this said a thousand times - but who said life was fair? Life is life and, in most cases, life is what you make it. There are typically two reactions to life. Those who complain about what is not going the way they want, and those who take what comes and make the best of it.
It’s fair to say that life is a challenge. Each day brings with it various challenges which hold the potential to make us better in some way. They either help us build character, fortitude, and maturity, or sink us to “woe is me” despair. What is interesting is the perspective thinking of what I am going through is always worse than what others are. It is only when we take the time to consider what others are enduring, that we discover our situation isn’t as bad as we thought. Again, it’s all perspective. It just takes a walk in the footsteps of others that we realize how good we have it. One of my favorite sayings is “I once complained about not having any shoes until I met a man that didn’t have any feet.”
Living in Christ addresses this situation in various ways. First, we are taught to be content whatever our situation because regardless of what it is, we know it is only temporary as eternity awaits us. Our struggles, disappointments, and frustrations are all overcome by Christ, Who gives us hope beyond our present condition.
Secondly (and I think most important), it gives us compassionate eyes for what others are going through. When we see the struggles of others, our thoughts are not, better him than me, but how can I be Jesus to this person. It is this attitude that brings glory to God as we reach out to others who lack a relationship with the Savior. Remember the eyes of Jesus require perspective.