I love birthdays.
Am I right?? There is just something about a birthday and another year that brings a sense of excitement. A sense of new possibilities, maturity, and as I like to see it, a new beginning. But as I am approaching my birthday this year (May 8th… send cards) I find myself freaking out over the fact that I will be the ripe ol’ age of 25. If you are like me, it is at this age you find yourself really reflecting and asking yourself, “WHAT AM I DOING?” too many times to count. But the biggest question I find myself asking is: I wonder what Jesus was doing during those five years before His ministry really began? Was He full of questions, worries, doubts, anticipation, and excitement like us, wondering what the next five years will lead up to in between?
Then He whispers this, “ It’s not about what you are doing, but your perspective when doing it.” To which I say, “dang it! I know.” Womp womp.
But follow me here. Perspectives really are a huge part of our walk with the Father. If, once again, you are like me at this age and struggle with perspectives, be encouraged friends. We have access to put on the Eternal perspective. Christ has given us His mind, and through His Spirit the access to see how He sees.
Well… no excuses now! That changes everything doesn’t it? I’ll answer that for you- YES.
Now stop those rolling eyes over there and hear me out. “But Brittany, we know that and it’s easier said than done anyway.” Yes, yes I know. But that’s because it calls for complete surrender. Ouch. Yeah. Surrender is a key point in our perspective change, friend. (I say this because I love you). We have to be completely surrendered and removed of self before the Throne of Grace, so that He can pick us up and bring us into the likeness of Him.
Letting go of ourselves allows letting go of all the other things He asks us to step away from. THAT surrender brings freedom, which brings obedience, which aligns us with His heart. Aligned with His heart you have no other choice but to take joy, courage, peace, and freedom. It’s yours to grab. You just have to take it.
Oh how he loves you, beautiful friends. No matter how old you are, what season of life you are in, or where you are going—I pray that you would step into reckless abandon and complete surrender. That you would join with Him in obedience and take hold of the new perspective He has waiting for you. Be free, birds.
Proverbs 23:26 “My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.”
Colossians 3:1-4 “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”
Matthew 16:24-25 “Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”