Seeing the Bigger Picture

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. – Matthew 6:19-21

Everyone owes a mighty debt of gratitude to the men and women of our armed forces who risk their lives for freedom. Many people not long ago were touched by the story of Army Ranger Pat Tillman, who walked away from $3.9 million to play in the NFL because he felt he had an obligation to serve his country wearing a different uniform during a time of crisis. It was a bold choice and not one that everybody agreed with.

It was also a choice that cost him his life.

Serving his country in 2003, Tillman was killed in combat. He believed that serving his country in a time of crisis was of greater importance than a nearly $4 million football contract, even if it meant losing his life for it. His selflessness and bravery serve as an example of what it looks like when someone makes a difficult decision after seeing the bigger picture.

As Christians, we have the same challenge. We make daily decisions that affect our own lives and the lives of those around us. It’s not always easy to know what decision to make; choosing the right job, marrying the right person, or serving in the right ministry at church all have lasting consequences.

That’s where having the right perspective can make all the difference. When you focus on the here and now or focus on “What’s in it for me?” you do so at the expense of eternity. An eternal perspective is like looking at the bigger picture; you sacrifice something today for the greater reward you will reap tomorrow.