One of my favorite Christmastime stories is the Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I am sure you are familiar with this story. Ebenezer Scrooge hates Christmas. But when he is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future he becomes a changed man. He is transformed from one who despises Christmas to one who embodies the Christmas spirit.
We can attribute the change in Ebenezer Scrooge to a change in perspective. He saw the big picture. Before, his focus was centered on his momentary wealth. After, his focus is centered on his purpose in life.
Earlier today, I read this tweet from Rick Warren:
Memory connects us to the past. Dreaming connects us to the future. Alertness connects us to today. Worship connects us to God.
Like Ebenezer Scrooge, we often get caught up in our momentary concerns. We fail to look at the big picture. We are trapped in the past. We become a victim of our circumstance. Or we anxiously worry about the future. We see little beyond the moment in time that we have chosen to focus upon.
History is His Story. It is God’s story. The past, present, and future all belong to Him. The Bible tells us that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He is God of every moment.
There are times to give attention to the past. There are times to give attention to the present. And there are times to give attention of the future. But in every situation it is always time to give attention to Jesus.
The big picture is not just about the past, the present, or the future. It is about Jesus. Jesus is not just the reason for the season, he is the reason for everything. Focusing on the past, present, and future may broaden our perspective to live with greater intentionality. But focusing on Jesus moves us into the realm of the divine and leads us to intimacy with God. It is where we experience fulfillment, joy, and contement. Don’t let your moments shape your view of Jesus. Let Jesus shape the view of your moments.