In Part 1, I explained the life-altering Biblical viewpoint that I recently acquired. It has drastically improved my perspective on life. I’d highly encourage you to go back and read Part 1, but nevertheless, I’ll begin with a very quick recap here.
The breakthrough came from this verse:
So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
2 Corinthians 4:18 NLT
The point is that there’s a lot more to the story of your life than just what you see here and now on Earth. This part of your life is just a tiny speck of time. And, here’s the really good news. All the bad stuff — pain, suffering, temptation, difficulty — they are all confined to the speck. You have a whole unseen portion of your life that is eternal and it is filled with nothing but the good stuff (i.e. God will wipe away every tear).
I combine this new perspective with my view that this life is akin to a training environment. It is artificial. Real life begins when we move on from here to the next life. The speck is just a brief, intense training session to get us ready for the real thing.
So, why is this such a radical, life-altering view? Let me unpack it and explain.
The Reason this Viewpoint Is So Life-Altering
This expanded perspective makes so many other things in the Bible make more sense to me. Here are just a few of the ways that this viewpoint is so powerful:
The Bible makes it clear that we will encounter trouble and difficulty in this life (see John 16:33). But, I cannot fix my gaze and get tunnel vision on these problems. This new perspective helps me keep the bigger picture in mind. The suffering is designed to train me for something greater ahead.
Just like in many training situations, as a student, I don’t completely understand why I have to endure these things. I just have to trust in the Teacher. For the suffering will soon be gone, but the good things (that I cannot see now) will last forever! Remember, this portion of life is just a speck, but you will have eternity to enjoy the good stuff.
For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. Matthew 16:25 NIV
This new viewpoint makes verses like this one easier in my opinion. It is easier to forfeit the speck, knowing I’m going to gain all the good stuff for eternity. When you are fixated on this earthly life and feel like it is all you have, then its pretty hard to make sacrifices. However, if you focus on the horizon and you realize how brief this period really is, then it is easier to love sacrificially.
There is no doubt that death is a difficult subject. However, this perspective really helps me to view death as simply a means to an end. It is just the mechanism used to get me from this temporary life to my real life (that will last forever). It is the doorway from the training environment to reality. It is the last great obstacle in a very intense exercise. But, make no mistake about it, death is not the end. It is really the beginning! On the other side, I will take what I’ve learned here and really begin to live.
A Truly Life-Altering Perspective
This new viewpoint helps me keep suffering, self-sacrifice and death in perspective. If it can do that, then I’m going to call it life-altering. But, it is not a one and done thing. No, I have to work every day to maintain the perspective this viewpoint provides. My natural gaze wants to return to what I can see now (the troubles I face here on Earth). I can’t let that happen. I have to keep reminding myself of this life-altering Biblical viewpoint. That’s one of the reasons that I wrote it all down. So, I don’t lose it. I hope it helps you as much as it is helping me!