I remember the last time I weighed 199.5. Not the exact day but I know it was 2008 and it was getting close to my last wedding dress fitting. I remember standing on the scale and seeing that number. My heart sank. I felt deflated and defeated, weak and hopeless. I felt like I was at the edge of a cliff and going over was inevitable. And I did. Over the next year I put on an additional 53 lbs. Between the happy newlywed weight, emotional eating due to my Momma’s illness and then her passing, I found myself weighing 252.5 lbs. It was at that time I reached the point where enough is enough. In June of 2009, right after my 25th birthday, my husband and I started out on our journey to become healthy and fit.
When I stepped on the scale this morning, I saw 199.5 again. This time, my reaction was different. My heart felt relief. Instead of deflation and defeat, I felt satisfaction and success. Instead of weak and hopeless, I felt strong and hopeful. I’m not where I want to be but at least I’m headed in the right direction. What a difference perspective makes! The number on the scale is the same but this time I have a different perspective. It’s amazing how much perspective changes the way we think and feel. When we gain 5 lbs., we think, “Oh my goodness. I have gained 5 lbs.!!!” But then when we lose 5 lbs, we think, “I’ve only lost 5 lbs…” Our perspective on things makes a huge difference!
In the same way, our perspective on life and our circumstances also affect the way we think, feel, and act. It makes a huge difference! When we are in the middle of a problem or difficult situation, it is easy to get over overwhelmed because up close our circumstances seem so big and sometimes scary. It hard to see clearly and sometimes our vision gets cloudy. That’s when we need to step back and remember that God has a different perspective. He tells us in Isaiah 55:8-9, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways… as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” The One who created us knows our end from the beginning. He is waiting for us to turn to Him for direction and a new perspective.