Wear Wide-View Goggles

Don’t be surprised when something happens that really ticks you off.

It helps, though, if you step back, put your wide-view goggles on, and take a broad look at the challenges you’re facing.

Look around you. What’s really happening?

Read Nehemiah 3:10, Meanwhile, the people in Judah said, “The strength of the laborers is giving out, and there is so much rubble that we cannot rebuild the wall.”

Is your strength giving out? Are you thinking of giving up? Here’s the real question … a solution that Satan’s possibly put in your mind.

Are you considering pulling away from God? From church? Oh, you’d never say so, but you’re weary … so bone weary.

Remember, Christianity is messy. It’s common to face opposition. Satan’s a master at hammering on Christians. But when you use your wide-view goggles, it’s easy to see the full picture.

Read on in Nehemiah 4, After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes” (v. 4).

Don’t let Satan distract you and steal your joy. Be like Nehemiah and stay focused on the job God gives, even when there were distractions.

What do you see when you look for the full picture?

Don’t Be Distracted. Instead, Be All You Can Be

It’s human nature to want to be all we can be. The United States Army tapped into that personal need in 1980 and came up with a catchy slogan and ad campaign:

We’re exposed to lots of choices as we begin our lives. We learn to set goals, beginning with walking, coloring in the lines and even going from eating “ba-sketti” with our hands to mastering “spaghetti” with a fork. As we grow older, we plot, plan, and strive to hit newer, more advanced marks of success. We strive to be all we can be.

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