The Importance of Perspective

by Rob Campbell

The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the people who care for you. They are the ones who genuinely display their love to you.

As a matter of perspective, answer the following questions:

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America contest.

4. Name ten people who have won a Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.

5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.

6. Name the last ten World Series Winners.

As you can see, very few of us remember the headlines of yesterday. Yes, the individuals above can be considered to be the best in their respective fields. Yet, one day the applause dies. Awards will tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Faces and names disappear from our memory.

To clarify your perspective, answer the following questions:

1. Name three teachers who aided your journey through school.

2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

4. Name five people who have made you feel appreciated and special.

5. Name five people you enjoy spending time with.

Chances are high that you have been reminded of important people in your life who have displayed their love to you. Love is a verb. Love is action oriented. Love never fails. Perfect love casts out fear. Those who love and care for you– show up! They are present in your times of sorrow, discouragement and despair. They also can rejoice in your victories, successes and triumphs.

Take time to pray for those people in your life who mean the most to you. Pray blessings over them. Send them an encouraging email, note or card. Contact them via a phone call and say, “Thanks ……..I appreciate you!”



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