A shift in perspective can solve a gridlocked problem.
A shift in perspective can lift the soul.
A shift in perspective can reveal an answer hidden for years.
Yup, a shift in perspective can change things.
So today I’d like to offer you a shift in perspective that I think honours God and leads you toward a more meaningful weekend.
When you go about your day with other people—whether it’s a conversation or family meal, whether it’s an encounter with a stranger or an overtime project at work—ask yourself this:
What can SOMEONE ELSE get out of this?
That’s a shift in perspective because we usually go into situations asking “What can I get out of this?”
But as it says in Proverbs 22:9: “Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed…”
I like that. “Bountiful eye.” Like someone who is scanning their day, just looking for opportunities to bless others (and to be blessed in the process).
These opportunities are all around us. Opportunities for others to receive a word of encouragement, a helping hand, an experience that will stuff more joy into their heart.
(But we usually don’t see them because we’re walking around thinking about ourselves.)
Today, try it. As you go about your day and encounter other people, ask, “What can SOMEONE ELSE get out of this?”
Sometimes the biggest roadblock to a more meaningful, godly day… is us.
As Dwight Moody said, “God sends no one away empty except those who are full of themselves.”
By Matthew Ruttan
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