Lately I’ve been chewing on the idea that gratitude comes from perspective.  We often don’t appreciate how good things are in our lives until we zoom out a bit and see what others are dealing with.  We may feel dissatisfied with our career path until we hear from a buddy who got laid off unexpectedly and suddenly our job seems OK.  We may feel under the weather with the latest bug, and then we hear about a loved one who has cancer and the flu virus isn’t quite so overwhelming anymore.  We may bemoan not being able to do all the things for our family that we’d like to do.  Then we find out our neighbor is facing foreclosure and we’re grateful that we can pay the house payment each month.  The more we see beyond ourselves, the more grateful we are likely to become.

This Sunday our church community tried to take that to another level.  Instead of simply trying to adopt a more global perspective, we tried to think universally.  (And I’m not talking about health care.)  We wanted to gain some perspective on just how big and glorious this God of ours is.  And we got some help from both the scripture and astronomy.

1 The heavens declare the glory of God,

and the sky displays what his hands have made.

2 One day tells a story to the next.

One night shares knowledge with the next

3 without talking,

without words,

without their voices being heard.

4 {Yet,} their sound has gone out into the entire world,

their message to the ends of the earth.

Psalm 19:1-4a

We also got a great assist from Louie Giglio’s “Indescribable” video.   You can watch part 1 here and find the other parts in related videos if you are interested.

While we tend to see ourselves as the center of the planet and our planet as the center of the universe- this video contains some thoughts that are perspective changers- about how big God is, how small we are and how Jesus’ love bridges the distance between us.

So if you’ve been feeling overwhelmed by all that is going on in your life or think your picture of God might be too small, take the time to check out this teaching.  I think you’ll be encouraged and have your perspective stretched in an astronomical way.