This afternoon Elisha and I took our kids to the Disney store at the mall. As soon as we walked in, two different kids started screaming because their parents were taking toys away from them. You see, they wanted that new Disney toy that would make them happy, but their parents wouldn’t buy it for them, so the kids pitched a fit.
Who knows why the parents didn’t buy the toys. It could have been money, or timing, or maybe they’re trying to take a stand against their kids getting what they want all of the time.
Of course I thought to myself, “I’m glad that my kids don’t do that kind of stuff.”
Wouldn’t you know it… Not five minutes later, my son was crying for the same reason. He wanted a toy that we just weren’t going to get him this time.
It was a combination of timing, money, and not letting him have his way this time. In fact, we were already getting him something else, but he wasn’t satisfied with that so he started to cry.
Life In the Disney Store
How many times do we do this in our own lives? It feels like God takes us to the Disney store of life and shows us all the wonderful things we could have, but then says, “No. Not right now.”
We become so frustrated that we form new doctrines around prosperity and poverty. One side of the coin says, “If you be a good little Christian, daddy will buy you everything you want.” The other side of the coin says, “You don’t need this stuff, so don’t even ask. You should just be thankful for what you have.”
But what is God really saying?
You have to ask yourself, “Do I have God’s perspective on life or my own?” When you go to the Disney store of life and you ask your Father in Heaven for that new toy are you seeing from His perspective or yours?
My son couldn’t understand why we were telling him no and that ultimately it was better that we didn’t buy the toy this time. He didn’t have our perspective.
As saints that are maturing, we need to get the Father’s perspective on life in the Disney store. The only way we can do this is to know His heart towards us first. Until we have settled that God is good all of the time, regardless of what happens to us, we will always struggle with His goodness towards us.
Let’s press forward in that. Take this perspective to your business, your job, your marriage, your life…what is God’s perspective? When you start to see from His perspective it will change things…I guarantee it!