What do you do when you don't like what you see?

What do you do when you don’t like what you see?

He’s not successful

I was driving. Mady, the 9-year-old, and Bella, the 6-year-old, were in the back seat. Mady was flipping through a magazine and asked. “Do you have to be good looking to be successful?” Bella replied, “No, dad is good looking and he’s not successful.” I didn’t know whether to be proud that she thinks I’m good looking or sad that she thinks I’m a failure.

Distorted perspective

Success (wealth, power, approval, and all that goes with it) can distort my perspective. It can really do a number on the way I see the world in general and my life in particular. I think this is evident as the choice of new leadership is before our country.

A perpetual problem

The perspective distorting influence of success is a perpetual problem. It is not unique to our day. The classic example of this in the Bible is Psalm 73. The writer admits to being swept off his feet by the successful.

Calibrating our perspective

There was a remedy that straightened out his twisted thinking. He explained it in one line, “Then I entered the sanctuary of God” (v17) There is nothing more calibrating than a vision of the infinite and eternal. Everything (ourselves, others, the past, present, and future) is right-sized in light of what is truly True.

Corrects every distortion

Billionaires are a fantasy compared to eternity (v20). Troubles are seen for what they really are (v23). Pleasures are merely the smell that catches our senses as a foretaste of the substance that lies ahead (v25). Being near God corrects every distortion (v28).

A devout musing

“Would you lose your sorrow? Would you drown your cares? Then go, plunge yourself in the Godhead’s deepest sea, be lost in his immensity; and you shall come forth as from a couch of rest, refreshed and invigorated. I know nothing which can so comfort the soul, so calm the swelling bellows of sorrow and grief; so speak peace to the winds of trial, as a devout musing upon the subject of the Godhead.” -Charles Spurgeon

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