Summer Perspectives

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Summer is here and may it give all of us a new perspective about how to live a happier and more positive life.

This weekend the hottest temperatures recorded in the city of Vienna were up to 36.C (96,8.F) and the forecast was even 37.C for some areas. I hope we won’t hit a new high after the record breaker, “all-time high” temperature of July 2013, which was 39,9.C (103,8 F).

The barbecues were at full swing along the new Donau and further out, close to the part of the Donau Auen National Park. Actually, one of my associates and her friends were having a good time with full barbecues at a place called Lobau at the weekend.

The cold gloomy days are over and we are all looking forward to more days of sunshine and time to be outside before the next fall returns.
It was interesting though to overhear some individuals complaining about the heatwave we experienced during this weekend. Some were wishing for the past season, winter. I was also caught doing the same thing. After some consideration, I realised that humans’ worst folly is not knowing exactly what they want and forgetting to live life as it come, enjoying every bit of what it is worth.

My pastor’s sermon last Sunday hit the nail on the head. It was as if he knew how some of us were ungrateful for the season we were in and had forgotten that everything has its own time. Then, I thought of putting down here and share some of the summer perspectives he talked about:

#1 “Don’t use emotional energy on things you can’t control.”
I realised that it is equally important to know what one can and can’t change, otherwise they waste their energy unnecessarily, leading to an unhealthy life.

# 2 “Don’t waste time your mistakes or failures”
To err is human as the cliché goes. What counts most is trying one’s best not to repeat same mistakes, but to learn from them. At times the voice of condemnation keeps on whispering phrases to pull us down. Instead, listening to the voice that says ‘you can turn this around and make something out of your mistake’ must guide our steps always, especially this beautiful summer. Always be positive this summer and things will take a right about turn. Moreover, God still loves us even if we make mistakes.

#3 “Be happy when others do well.”
Those who celebrate others’ success most times also succeed in life whereas haters may even feel sick for their unhealthy feelings. This can also lead to bad behaviour intended to pulling others down. At times we even criticise others for the sole reason that we see them more blessed than us. The most harmful thing one can do is comparing oneself with others. This summer let’s celebrate others as they do well and see ourselves blessed.

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#4 “Decide not to complain or criticise.”
Live is full of opportunities to complain, but this summer let’s make it a point not to complain but be grateful of all we have. We can also be content with the little we have. Today (09/07/15) I looked at a disabled couple holding hands, happy as they strolled along with other holiday makers in the first district. I felt at times I complain when I am supposed to be thankful about what I have. The pastor even said, “If you feel like criticising others, look at yourself in the mirror and see if you are perfect.” That I am not, I wonder who is out there? However, God’s power is perfected in our weakness, if we let Him be God in our lives.

#5 “Believe God wants to give you favour.”
Our behaviour, which we know is not pleasing to God will make us to feel far away from Him. We need to know that God is always close to us. He is love. What we need to do, beginning this summer, as we barbecue, go for weekend excursions and to places like Schönbrun and the like, is to pray and ask him through His Holy Spirit to help us change our perspective and see things from His perspective. Reading the bible will help us hear His voice. As we do all this, we must trust in the Lord that He has good plans for us all. (See Jeremiah 29:11).

Finally, cheer up! Things could be worse, but because God is in control your tomorrow will be bright.

I hope these points from my pastor and my brief thoughts on the summer perspective will add to your enjoyment and joy this year’s summer.

Happy Summer!

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