September 10 - Keeping Perspective

By Julie Kraus

Today's Scripture: Isaiah 6:1, 4–5

Central Thought: The details of life can drown us if our perspective isn't Christ-centered.

    Wedding planning has turned many sweet, adorable brides-to-be into veritable 'Bridezillas.” Suddenly the romance of saying 'I do” fades out of focus as a million decisions concerning catered hors d'oeuvres and the rehearsal dinner schedule are made with an almost psychotic attention to detail. Too often couples find themselves at Bed, Bath and Beyond fighting over the kitchen colors they are registering for.

    So much planning goes into the symbolic ceremony designed to celebrate the couple's new life together. Sometimes the reason for the wedding becomes lost. The bride loses her focus. The groom loses his patience. They love each other, right? They have just lost their perspective.

    Perspective is a funny thing because it can make or break us in our journey through life. At times, we deal with tragedy that destroys a part of us. Other times, we are just plain bombarded by life. We need a perspective that sees beyond this life's many details and on to the life we are actually preparing for: eternity with Christ.

    Isaiah had an encounter with the Lord that completely changed his perspective. He received a glimpse of the eternal Lord in all His majesty. Do not let the Lord's greatness in your life become lost in all the details. Our focus must be fixed on the Lord and our eternal future life.

Devotional Prayer: Lord, we look forward to the day when You will return for Your bride. Help us to keep our perspective on You and on eternity.

Today's Bible Reading: Isaiah 6:1-7:25; 2 Corinthians 11:16-33; Psalm 54:1-7; Proverbs 23:1-3