Last week Kaya and I took Mick for a morning run. Kaya grabbed her helmet and bike, while I grabbed Mick and the leash. It was the perfect fall morning. The sun was shining, there was a slight chill in the air, and I had two of my favorite companions along with me! I knew it was going to be a good day! We began our run and with each step a happy bounce prodded me forward. Suddenly, my phone slipped from my pack and fell onto the ground…the sound following warned me of what I was about to discover. The screen to my phone had indeed shattered…ugh. We had only just started running and so far my perfect run wasn’t beginning to look too perfect.
“Really?!” I questioned aloud, looking toward the sky, as if someone above could answer my frustration. “We were supposed to have a flawless morning,” I griped. Yes… I had to have a small self-pity party, because sometimes a broken phone screen, even though seemingly small…really is a big pain in the butt! At that moment it seemed like just another problem needing to be fixed and endured.
We finished out our run anyway, even though my previous optimistic mood had changed to slight annoyance and aggravation.
As I’ve thought about my broken phone over the last week, I drew some cool parallels and lessons to life and I thought I’d share them with you now. Oh the things we can learn from day to day situations and stories!
Lesson #1 Looking Through Broken Glass Challenges Our True Perspective
For the last week I’ve endured using my phone with a shattered screen. When I check the time on my phone I have to squint to see the actual numbers and often times it’s hard to distinguish a six from an eight or a one from a seven. Reading on a phone with a shattered screen is almost impossible! Normally, reading on a working phone is enjoyable and seamless, but when looking through distorted words and phrases, it becomes frustrating and antagonizing. Pictures aren’t nearly as fun to look at because they are broken apart and disarranged. I’m sure many of you can relate to my situation…so for the last week I did my best with my broken phone.
How many of us are like broken phone screens. We have so much potential and lofty ambitions. Yet, we make “do” with our broken screen. We view life through shattered glass. “It can wait” “I’ll do it later” “I don’t have time,” are phrases heard when viewing life out of proper perspective. When we view life through the perspective of shattered glass, we miss out on what is offered to us. We can also forget our true purpose and goals. Life is meant to be enjoyed and lived to the fullest, when “we’ve done all that we can do.” The scriptures say this, “For this is my work and my glory, to bring to pass the immortality eternal life of man.” “I would consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God.” Heavenly Father wants us to be happy. He wants us to see ourselves as He sees us…we are His divine creations. We are capable of accomplishing amazing things; we just need to view ourselves through the proper lens.
Why did I wait so long to get my phone fixed… you may be asking? Well, there were actually many reasons, but one specific reason was I didn’t have the time. A broken phone that still worked…partly…could be fixed later. It could wait.
Lesson #2 When Our Perspective Changes The View Is Glorious!
After a week of brutality and agonizing phone issues, I finally decided I had time to get the thing fixed. So I called up the iQue guys and pleaded with them to fix my shattered screen. “I can’t take it anymore!” I dramatized “Can you please fit me in today? I realllllly can’t wait any longer.”
Chuckling slightly, the nice gentleman replied, “Of course bring it in today and we’ll get it fixed in no time.” Well, that was easier than I thought…done! I raced over, dropped my phone off and in one short hour I had a brand new screen! It was beautiful! No scratches or finger prints. It was so spotless I didn’t want to touch it. It looked too good to be true. After enduring my shattered screen for a week, the new screen seemed truly flawless…heaven sent really.
Once I had my new screen everything that was once difficult became easy again. Telling time was effortless and viewing pictures was enjoyable. ..when our perspective changes so does our outlook on life. Once we know that we are divine spirits and individuals….once we discover our true identity… our perspective on life becomes clear and glorious. We can find joy in living, we can accomplish our goals, we can find happiness in keeping the commandments of God. When we find ourselves submerged in the deep waters of hopelessness, we can grasp the hand of Jesus Christ and he can lift us up…he can raise us above the water to see more clearly.
I know that I have a loving Heavenly Father who is mindful of me. He loves me and wants me to be happy and succeed. He wants me to follow His only begotten son, Jesus Christ, for He knows that when I do…Christ can lift me and bear my burdens. He can comfort me when I’m sorrowful and downhearted. I know that when I focus on the positive, life truly becomes joyful and when I change my temporal perspective to an eternal perspective, the view is glorious.
And last of all…lesson #3…