Change Your Perspective

I have 3 kids. 4, 2, and 3 months. They have each gotten sick over the past 2 months. All at different times, of course. Flu, bronchiolitis, and RSV respectively. These things + the fact that my 3 month old still wakes up at night to eat and my 4 year old sometimes wakes up with bad dreams can only mean 1 thing = it has been a very long time since I have had a full night of sleep.

Last week I woke up at 4:09 AM and felt remarkably refreshed. I did the math and came to the conclusion that I had just slept for approximately 3 hours and 45 minutes. This was quite a bit more than I had previously experienced. I instantly breathed a prayer of thankfulness as I got out of bed to help whoever was crying at the moment.

And that’s when the irony hit me: I’m thanking God for having a 4 hour stretch of sleep? Since when is that something to be grateful for?

Uh yeah. Well, it becomes a matter of praise when you’re used to experiencing less. So going from 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep to 4 is a pretty big bummer. But going from 3 hours of sleep to 4? I might as well have just won the lottery, people.

And so thankfulness is all in your perspective. When I’m not thankful, it’s because I’m focusing on the wrong thing. And maybe because I’m actually focusing on the wrong person. Me.
Or others.
Instead of Jesus.

sometimes all it takes is a little change in perspective to see how much we really have.

Maybe it’s time to change your perspective. Join me?

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5 comments

  1. Well stated, Christa. Well stated. A change of perspective is good! We’ve had 3 snow days…coming off our Christmas vacation. I could have been a bit more productive, but realized this could be my last snow day before a baby…so I relaxed and did projects only here and there. It was just what I needed!

  2. Michelle Duncan says:

    Thanks for this post! I’m trying to prepare myself for the 3rd in the spring (with a 3 & 22 month old). I didn’t handle those early days so well with number 2 :/ Praying for the Lord’s strength & right perspective this time around! Thanks again….

  3. Chelsea says:

    Today, I retweeted something from Ann Voskamp that resonated deeply with me, and can have a great deal to do with this. The quote was “When you don’t have the time to taste and see that the Lord is good- you begin to believe that life is bad.” I love the quote, and I can totally relate to it and this post.

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