Keeping a Healthy Perspective
Posted: 3/7/2018

Written by Jeannie Brostrand

A couple of weeks ago, I had the distinct pleasure of speaking to the grandparents of our Middle and Upper School students at their Grandparent Valentine’s Day Brunch, where I spoke about perspective. I believe I am the oldest employee at Whitefield Academy! I am also a wife of 40 years, a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, and have known Jesus longer than many of you have lived - 53 years! 

I believe what helps us through the trials of life is our perspective. When raising our two children, I recall navigating troubling situations; many seemed like the end of the world. It was exhausting, challenging, and emotionally draining. When embroiled in the moment of emotion, all of life stands still, and it feels like God has disappeared. I know. I’ve been there.

Take heart. Jesus says, “I have overcome the world.” And if He has overcome the world (and He has), surely He is also the victor over my problems. I only need to trust and walk by faith, believing in His Word while still experiencing heights of turmoil. And then the moment comes when I realize that this life is but a fleeting moment compared to all eternity. Suddenly, the veil of doubt washes away like the tide that removes the top layer of sand as it washes it out to sea.

An Eye on Eternity

Keeping perspective on life was necessary when our daughter and family told us of their decision to move to Africa to serve in medical missions. The Lord spoke to my heart, saying something like, “It is better to be in the Lord’s will and thousands of miles away than under the same roof and not.”

We will miss them, but the joy of knowing they are obeying the Lord’s call is honey to this mother’s heart. One does not need to go to the outermost parts of the world to serve the Lord, one simply needs to go where called and work in whatever capacity - secular or spiritual. Really, if you are a believer in Christ, everything you touch is spiritual. There is no divide.

I believe Billy Graham’s life was lived with an eternal perspective. Why else would he leave his beautiful Ruth and those five children to go into the world and preach the Gospel? Many people are beneficiaries of his obedient life. There is a good chance that if you are reading this, to one degree or another, you are, too.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Whether your child is in PreK4 or preparing to graduate from Whitefield, I challenge you to keep a healthy perspective on life. Major on the majors, not grades, not accolades, not wins, not college acceptances, not failures, nor struggles, not losses, nor college rejections, but on how God is using all of life’s celebrations and struggles to mold us into the person He wants us to become. In my 53 years as a Jesus follower, I have grown in my walk with the Lord during my valley experiences and have learned to give thanks, by faith, in all things.

Now that gives me some perspective on life!