Monday, March 29, 2010

The bigger picture

I’ve been hearing a lot of stories lately about families who are standing at a fork in the road. They are considering new jobs, investment opportunities, a new chapter in their lives and even new places to live. Although each situation and crossroad is unique, the questions they are asking are the same, “what is the bigger picture?”

Our personal thoughts, dreams and goals are similar to a basic sketch…it’s black and white. We usually know pretty clearly what we’d like to accomplish and who we want to be. But then we add in the thoughts, dreams and goals of our spouse and now a little more dimension is added creating a picture. Next we consider the thoughts, dreams and goals of our children, other family members and friends and even more shading and dimension are added to the image creating more depth and background. Finally, and most importantly, we consider God’s thoughts, dreams and goals and we are able to more clearly see a masterpiece.

The amazing thing about the masterpiece that God is creating us to be is that it continues to evolve over time. The simple black and white sketch that could be found on the back of a cocktail napkin today can become the next Monet years from now. God can do that! The hopes and dreams that we have for our lives are not there by chance, they are there by design. What we fail to realize is that our lives are a journey, not a destination. We live in the process and are only made perfect when we are seeing Jesus face to face in heaven.

So what does all of this have to do with forks in the road? Simply this: we have to consider the bigger picture. Opportunities present themselves but if they are not in the right season of your life they can become more of a curse than a blessing. By looking at your life in the mindset of God’s masterpiece, you will be able to more clearly see the choice that is right for you.

Be blessed,
Jennifer

“Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths” Psalm 25:4

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