Perspective – keeping the long road in sight
Matthew 6:19-21 – Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
It has been said that the trouble with life is that it is so daily. That is never truer than when struggling with sexual issues. The temptations are flying at you virtually every moment of every day. You can hardly look out your window without being blasted with some sex-saturated message. It becomes easy to miss the forest for the trees.
Pursuing a lifestyle of purity requires perspective. You must step back periodically and take in the big picture of what you are trying to accomplish. It is crucial that you view your pursuit of purity in terms of a journey, not a destination.
You must also understand that a lifestyle of purity does not come about overnight. It requires practice, practice, and more practice. It is much like honing your skills as an athlete. You don’t reach the Olympics after one practice session.
When you begin to view purity in terms of a long-term journey you will eliminate much of the stress surrounding your struggle with sexual acting out. You will develop a greater appreciation for your days of purity and learn more thoroughly from your mistakes along the way. Perspective creates a sort of “ease” to the process of living in purity. It doesn’t make it easy but it does help to refocus your attention on the reality of what it takes to maintain a pure lifestyle.
Live today with fervor and a passion for purity, but keep it all in perspective of where you are ultimately building your treasure. Work today on doing the right thing so that you will reap rewards in eternity.
I must view my quest for purity as a journey, not as some specific destination I am to reach. By doing so, I will be continually learning and growing in my practice of daily purity.
I must keep my eyes focused on long-term outcomes so I will reap eternal rewards in heaven.