Since I was a little girl, I remember looking at houses positioned on the top of a mountain top and imagining they represented people who were wealthy, successful, and powerful. I would create stories in my head of who they were and how they lived life on the mountain top. I would imagine the children wore the newest clothes, have weekends filled with slumber parties and lots of laughs, and each meal was eaten at the dinner table with in-depth conversations about friends, family and life. The house on the mountain top became my idol; the life I longed to live and be a part of. From my perspective, my life fell short in comparison to those who lived on the mountain top.
2 Corinthians 4:8 says, ‘We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair” (NLT).
Thank God for a renewed perspective! Now, I understand the dangers of comparison and how it hinders my personal growth. Now, when I look at the house on the mountain top, I have an appreciation for the process and not the destination. I now imagine a family who is thankful to God for their climb. While my natural eyes sees the mountain top; my spiritual eyes recognize obstacles and hardships during the climb. My desire for my personal mountain top view is to look down at all the falls, the wrong turns, the failed attempts, moments I wanted to quit, moments where I questioned God, and moments where everyone else seemed to be passing me by and say, Lord, I Thank You. Thank you for choosing me to go through this journey. Thank you for choosing me to endure these hardships. While I thought it was the mountain top I was chasing, It was a deeper connection with you that became my view.
REBORN. RENEWED. RECOLORED.