I was sick last week. (I won t go into all the details, because I m THAT GUY that gets grossed out easily when others feel the need to describe their bathroom experiences on twitter.) One of my major symptoms was a raging fever. I had taken Motrin and Tylenol cocktails all morning, and the fever took about 10 hours to finally break. I sat in bed rocking back and forth, moaning, with aches in every joint of my body, and with goosebumps covered in a literal cold sweat. I was miserable. But later in the day the fever started to leave, and it was like the fog had been lifted.
As I started to feel better, the reality of how great I felt begin to settle in. That fever had provided a much needed jolt of perspective. Feeling bad really helps me to appreciate when I feel good. As I moved into feeling much better, I couldn t shake how much is really sucked to feel bad. Feeling good again made me appreciate a hot cup of tea, the sunlight coming through the windows, and miraculously my kids voices suddenly sounded refreshing again. I m not advocating that we all contract a debilitating fever, but I firmly believe that to appreciate what we have we sometimes have to get some decent perspective.
Ask yourself, How does what I m going through compare to what I ve been through? Do those around me struggle with the same things I m struggling with? How bad is my current situation really?
Be challenged to look back at what you ve seen, done, and experienced; and pray that God will help us all gain some perspective moving forward.
Distance not only gives nostalgia, but perspective, and maybe objectivity.