Get the Perspective You Need with 3 Truths

How to watch for the journey as well as the destination.

The Texas Driver’s Handbook has a tip that can help you today. A diagram shows when you sit in a parked car, you have a 180-degree field of vision. Great perspective. But then you start moving.

Get the Perspective You Need with 3 Truths

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Once you get going, your perspective immediately changes:

  • When your car accelerates to 20 M.P.H. that field of vision reduces to 66%.
  • At 40 M.P.H. your visual field shrinks to 20%.
  • At 60 M.P.H. your field of vision remains barely wider than the headlights.

Simply said, the faster you go the less perspective you have. The same holds true for your day today. If you never sit still, you never see the big picture—only the immediate right in front of you.

Here are 3 truths to give you the perspective you need for your journey.

3 Truths to Give You Perspective

As you hustle through life in the fast lane, it’s easy to forget the road actually takes you somewhere. Perspective gets lost in the blur. These 3 truths can help.

  1. Remember, you’re working to live, not living to work. For most of us breadwinners, we spend the majority of our days working. It’s true also for homemakers whose days often feel like a treadmill in the book of Ecclesiastes. But we need to slow down and remember God promises to provide and that life means more than making money and keeping the yard. Psalm 127:1-5 helps me a lot these days, as I have two daughters getting an advanced education.
  2. The journey is just as important as the destination. We know that we’re traveling to heaven, but God has left us here for a purpose. Our lives can honor Him every moment we live. We forgive offenses for His glory. We help others in order to honor Christ. We labor relentlessly to grow in our godliness. God’s glory and Christ’s Great Commission give us reasons to see this life as a critical time in eternity. Let’s don’t be in a hurry. We have work to do on the journey.
  3. Don’t confuse the journey for the destination. Although we have plenty to do in this life, our journey isn’t our destination. Our home is heaven. For those of us who trust in the risen Christ, who died on the cross to forgive our sins, our road leads straight to heaven. Resist the allure to let your journey replace the joy of your destination. It simply fails to compare to “what God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).
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How’s your field of vision? Take 60 seconds right now and put your heart in neutral—and ponder these 3 truths.

As you sit still, you will gain the benefit of a full perspective.

Question: What have you found that helps you to slow down and gain an eternal perspective? To leave a comment, just click here.

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  • Walt

    Your devotional today reminded me to take time to “be still and know that I am God.”  Psalm 46:10    Although I spend time with God daily in His word and prayer, I don’t always take time to just be still and just listen.  Thanks for the reminder.  It helped.  My peace deepened almost immediately as I put my heart in neutral and my day seemed much more manageable. Thank you!
    Walt S’

    • I hear you. Ironically, my time to “be still” is in the car! It’s the only point in my day that CAN be quiet. Those commutes with God become my prayer closet on wheels– and a valuable time just to unwind. Thanks much for your comment. 

  • Magdalena

    Amen to this devotional. After the passing away of my husband I enter into the “be still motion”, and I am really thankful for that. It give you time to let the Holy Spirit work. And also not to get depressed. So you can see things in perspective. Thank you for the devotional.

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  • Tanya

    AMAZING piece this Wayne. I feel this stuckness. In my house and family. Stuck but so busy moving arent we? I must say I see the laws or ‘how things work’ ; like science, show – how we should do things. The logic of life. And if you sit and think about it – God first created it that way. So His way can never be any other way then the laws of life. He made science. Not science Him. Its as if we daily trying to ‘create’ ourselves and our lives when He already did it. Going back to basics isnt a karma, a religion or a restart, or the new you, or any of the other beliefs. It is pointing back to God. Period. The alfa and Omega. Psams 127 – great verse. But you know whats harder? Trying to show this to a spouse who is working because thats all he knows how.

    • Yes, Tanya, that may be the hardest place to be. But as a wife, the burden of revealing truth to your spouse isn’t yours—but God’s. Your part is simply to display the awesome character of God in your life. In Peter’s words: “In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won
      without a word by the behavior of their wives, as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior.
      Your adornment must not be merely external — braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God” (1 Peter 3:1–4). Not an easy assignment! But that’s how the Lord set it up. May the Lord bless you as you seek His glory, Tanya! Thanks.

      • Tanya

        so true. We either running or trying to do Gods work. God bless

  • Phil Bruce

    Thanks Wayne. A thoughtful pause today. I’ve often felt that the delays that life hands out are valuable: holding for tech support on the phone; waiting in the doctor’s office; waiting for a late lunch partner to arrive. Delays somehow manage to repel the urgent squirrels and facilitate thought.

    • I couldn’t agree more, Bruce. I’ve also found it helpful to carry a book along for those idle moments as well. I bet I’ve read dozens of books in the cracks of my life. Thanks.

  • ARM BAR

    I have to tell you that these three truths are actually very important things that i always forget about,because i have been too much worry about my life and my future,and this is the one that touch my heart the most ” the journey is just as important as the destination”,i always focus on my destination and i forgot that my journey is actually a process that God wants me to go through,very good Wayne,God bless you and your family.

    • I’m glad the reminders were encouraging. God bless.

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