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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Life lesson #5 on my trip to Honduras

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Pam Roth
Perspective.  It’s an interesting thing how we hold on to our perspective about different things in life.  And, it is even more interesting how we have developed those perspectives.  Well, today’s blog article isn’t going to be a psychological or sociological lesson; however, it is going to be about how my perspective was challenged on my trip to Honduras.

The next morning after arriving in Santa Rosa, we went to a conference being held in a local church.  Since there were five women in the house needing to be ready to leave at the same time for the conference, we got up early.  It had rained all night; and it was literally pouring down rain that morning.

Once we were all ready, we needed to figure out how we were going to get to the conference because the roads were not safe to travel.  Gratefully, a nearby neighbor offered to bring the car and drive all of us to the church.  So, one by one, we carefully made our way through the puddles of mud in the yard to the car.  I was the last one to be escorted to the car with an umbrella; and much to my surprise, when we got to the car, there was no room for me to sit.  Jokingly, someone said, “You’re the smallest one of us, so jump in and lay across all of our laps in the backseat.”  

Seriously!  How was that going to happen?

Well, that’s exactly what happened.  They convinced me that was the only way all five of us plus a driver were going to be able to make it in a compact car to the church in the pouring rain.  Logically, it made sense to all go at the same time, so the driver wouldn’t have to come back just for me; however, it was a bit of a challenge thinking about lying horizontally in a back seat of a car instead of sitting upright on the seat. 

On the twenty minute trip from the house to the church is where this life lesson on perspective came into play...

There I was….in a vulnerable position and not able to see anything that the rest of the women could see as we drove down the road.  Thoughts went through my head of just how silly this must look.  And then, I realized how limiting our beliefs are when we only see them from a certain perspective.

Sometimes, it is a good thing to look at things from a fresh, new perspective; and, that’s exactly what happened to me that day.  Quietly lying there, I was able to experience how paralyzing it must be to have such a limited or narrow view of things that we grow so familiar with in our lives. 

Take for example - our marriages, children, the church we attend, or anything else that we are a part of on a daily basis.  Often, things in our life become mundane and we anticipate how something is going to be based on our previous experiences or perspective.  The same can be true when we are approached to consider something new.

So let me ask you a few questions.

When is the last time you stood back and took a look at things in your life from a different perspective?

How open are you when presented with a new idea?

What keeps you from exploring something new or different?

How often do you invite the Holy Spirit to show you God’s perspective?

As we wrap up, I wanted to share this verse with you - Isaiah 55:9, “As the heavens are higher than the earth,  so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” With this verse in mind, let me challenge you to pray about taking a fresh perspective on some of the things in your life this week.  

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For more about Relevant Women -

The purpose of Relevant Women:
Relevant Women exists to train women to minister relevantly, to discover and grow in God’s call in their lives and to serve in their churches as godly leaders.

RW accomplishes this by:
•Teaching life changing truth
•Building significant relationships
•Practicing spiritual disciplines
•Defining our personal stories
•Developing our personal ministry

At Relevant Ministry, our vision is to equip leaders to minister relevantly in churches that will be healthy and thriving.

Our mission, to fulfill this vision, is training future leaders - building healthy ministries - and serving on the Gulf Coast. 

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