My thoughts in Words
Framing the world through a unique lens to provoke different solutions. "The difficulty... is not to write, but to write what you mean; not to affect your reader, but to affect him precisely as you wish" - R. L. Stevenson
Walking into our apartment first thing that people notice is our view. We have five almost floor to ceiling windows that look out over one of Shanghai’s most noted thoroughfares. The street is lined with varying forms of architecture, high-end stores, colorful lights and an amazing view of the skyline.
“…for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” – Philippians 4:11 (KJV)
That being said, compared to some of the other apartments ours is small. Great view, but small; can see everything for miles, but small; huge amounts of natural light, but small…the view is to die for, but the living space is smaller than desired.
“The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.” – Proverbs 10:22 (KJV)
Recently, we were given the option to move into a larger apartment in our same complex. We visited the apartment it was about 2 times larger than our current unit, more storage, an extra bathroom, and a larger kitchen. But….the view is less than desirable.
As crazy as it sounds, my wife and I debated if we should move and give up our great view. You are probably thinking…are your serious?! Yes, extremely serious. Yet, we all do this in life and it is often when God is trying to bless us. He is trying to give us something better, but we are so concerned about the “view (i.e. what something looks like),” that we run the risk of forfeiting our blessing for something that is really not worth it. Think about it…the view is nice, but other than that what value or benefit does it add? Not much. After people get over the view, they notice the size of the apartment. The view doesn’t expand the kitchen, does not create an extra bathroom and does not double the size of the overall apartment. The view is nice, but…it is not everything.
Perhaps God is trying to bless you in this season of your life, but you are so caught up on the “view,” that you cannot see God at work. God opened a door for a new job, however, you are debating taking the opportunity because it is a smaller company (i.e. the view). You are currently at a very large well known company it looks good, but the environment is actually confining.
Where God is taking you may not have a “view” but it will be bigger and better. It will have more space for your growth and development.
We gave up the view…but the space we transitioned into is actually a bigger blessing than we imagined. Do not miss a big blessing focusing on a small thing that really does not mean much.
God Bless and Always Be Encouraged!
Byron Washington, MPA is a Consultant, Youth Mentor, and Life Coach. He is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University and Princeton University. He currently resides in Shanghai, China with his family. - "Change Without Direction is Chaos"