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Feverish Perspective


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.
Robert Morgan

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.