value leads to perspective

What causes you to jump for joy? What excites or inspires you? In what do you find value? These questions are important when you face challenges and trials in life. What you value determines your perspective. Perspective is what allows endurance.

The value of goodness

We must actually train ourselves to like what is good. Like an obese man training himself to enjoy vegetables, we must train ourselves to enjoy good things. It’s easier to like sweets, and easier to like sin. But the healthier things are so much better for us.

That’s the point of James 1:9-11.

“Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation, but the rich in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will pass away. For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits.”

The lowly should value the exaltation they will find in the next life, if they are faithful to Christ. The rich should value their humiliation in this life. It seems strange, but that’s talking about being humble and lowly. In that sense, evven the rich can have glory in heaven. The lowly person is simply one step closer to glorying in the right things.

Notice that the verse does not say, “Let the POOR brother glory in his exaltation…” A rich man can be lowly as well as a poor man. All are to look to their true riches in heaven.

So what is it that you value in life? What glory do you find in it? Learn to appreciate and anticipate the right things and the trials you face will find better perspective. Much of our ability to overcome relates to our perspective. Our perspective ties directly to what we value.

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