WISDOM FOR BIG PICTURE THINKING

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Proverbs 23:7 “For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” 

John Maxwell said:  

One of the reasons people don’t achieve their dreams is that they desire to change their results without changing their thinking.” 

In Philippians 3:13, the Apostle Paul said:  

“…but one thing that I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.”   

A great skill-set in life is to be able to “helicopter-up” and see the big picture.   

Every day we are living at the lowest level denominator when it comes to our vision. We can only see what is ahead of us. We might be buffeted with problems and challenges, setbacks and failures and during these times we can feel crushed and depressed.   

But the ability to look up, see the big picture and understand where we are going, to see the plans and purposes set by God before us, causes courage and persistence to rise up within our souls.   

God trained Abraham to see the big picture.   

Abraham was discouraged. He and Sarah had failed to bear any children. God called to Abraham in Genesis 15:5 and said: 

“Look now towards heaven and count the stars if you are able to number them… so shall your descendants be.”   

The key to big-picture thinking is to look towards heaven, that is, towards God – always look up, don’t get discouraged and look down. In Jeremiah 29:11 God tells us that He has a plan and a purpose for every one of us. That’s why we need to look toward God – so we can see His purpose for our life. 

And from the moment Abraham looked up he had a reminder of God’s promise to him. Every night when he walked outside of his tent, he would look up at the stars, be reminded of God’s promise, smile and sleep every night with peace. How powerful is that! 

God also trained Joseph to see the big picture.   

In Genesis 37:9 it says, “Then he dreamed still another dream and told it to his brothers, and said, "Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me."  

This was an important vision that God gave to Joseph. His life was about to become hell. He would be thrown into a pit by his envious brothers, sold into slavery, falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife, and forgotten about in jail. Yet, Joseph maintained his composure and attitude throughout this long ordeal which spanned many, many years because of his ability to see the big picture. 

God has a plan and purpose for your life too. God has given you a vision for your life. What is it? Look up! 

Pastor Wayne Simpson


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Look Up!