Do you ever wonder why your job does not pay you more frequently? What if you got a paycheck from God every day? In the eyes of one of my newest friends, you do! She is from Uganda, and has braved a new culture, new climate, and reams of paperwork to make it to the coffee shop where we sipped hot chocolate with latte art and talked about starving kids in Africa.
Her perspective? In God, you are blessed every day by the air you breathe, and so is everyone around you. If your boss was not getting a “paycheck” from God in the form of air and water we take for granted, he could not pay you. So every day is a blessing.
Her eyes darted around the crowded coffee shop, taking everything in, but she shared stories of compassion for mental-health patients. That view is often lost in my eyes and in my society. My friend is not afraid to travel to dangerous places, or just live a quiet life and build a family. She knows who she is in God, and it colors every part of her life, right down to the crochet bags and queen-size blankets she makes to raise support for kids in Africa. She has a dream, and she is aimed straight for that goal.
One morning in a coffee shop, I was encouraged by a woman who traveled years of prejudice, cultural misunderstandings, and language barriers to see the world as a unit, accessible, all people needing God because they are desperately searching in the wrong direction. I want that. I want that clear vision and confidence. Not of the future (what a nightmare!), but of who God is, and what He has made me to do well.
Ephesians 2:8-10 says, “8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
God has equipped us in different ways for different specialties. What are mine?
And just as God controls the circumstances surrounding each person’s daily life, so He calls us to an abnormal view of the world:
“44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Matthew 5).
Thank you, neighbor, for your fresh perspective. I hope I have the chance to walk my own path as boldly and change the view of the world just a little.
God, please help me learn to live thankful for each breath. And learn to invest in new perspectives that challenge my own. Please help me to see You and never settle for less. To Your glory, Amen.
Photo: breath by Andrea Castelletti.