What is your foremost perspective today? That’s a good question we need to consider every day. Especially when we endure hard times. Our way of looking at things determines how we live now and how we will live eternally. So, we have chosen to set our minds on the things that are above (Col 3:2). Especially when the things of this world crowd in, we need to refocus on the things of eternity. Paul had that eternal perspective. He really sets it forth in his letter to the Philippians. Reading and pondering what he was inspired to write reinforces our eternity perspective.
12 Now I desire to have you know, brothers, that the things which happened to me have turned out rather to the progress of the Good News, 13 so that it became evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my bonds are in Messiah, 14 and that most of the brothers in the Lord, being confident through my bonds, are more abundantly bold to speak the word of God without fear. 15 Some indeed proclaim Messiah even out of envy and strife, and some also out of good will. 16 The former insincerely proclaim Messiah from selfish ambition, thinking that they add affliction to my chains; 17 but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the Good News.
18 What does it matter? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Messiah is proclaimed. I rejoice in this, yes, and will rejoice. 19 For I know that this will turn out to my salvation, through your prayers and the supply of the Spirit of Yeshua the Messiah, 20 according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will in no way be disappointed, but with all boldness, as always, now also Messiah will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me to live is Messiah, and to die is gain. 22 But if I live on in the flesh, this will bring fruit from my work; yet I don’t know what I will choose. 23 But I am hard pressed between the two, having the desire to depart and be with Messiah, which is far better. 24 Yet to remain in the flesh is more needful for your sake. 25 Having this confidence, I know that I will remain, yes, and remain with you all for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 that your rejoicing may abound in Messiah Yeshua in me through my presence with you again. Philippians 1:12-26
Reading that out loud for yourself or sharing with your family helps it become personal and heart felt.
10 But I rejoice in the Lord greatly, that now at length you have revived your thought for me; in which you did indeed take thought, but you lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak because of lack, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content in it. 12 I know how to be humbled, and I also know how to abound. In everything and in all things I have learned the secret both to be filled and to be hungry, both to abound and to be in need. 13 I can do all things through Messiah, who strengthens me. 14 However you did well that you shared in my affliction. 15 You yourselves also know, you Philippians, that in the beginning of the Good News, when I departed from Macedonia, no assembly shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving but you only. 16 For even in Thessalonica you sent once and again to my need. 17 Not that I seek for the gift, but I seek for the fruit that increases to your account. 18 But I have all things and abound. I am filled, having received from Epaphroditus the things that came from you, a sweet-smelling fragrance, an acceptable and well-pleasing sacrifice to God. 19 My God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Messiah Yeshua. 20 Now to our God and Father be the glory forever and ever! Amen.
21 Greet every holy one in Messiah Yeshua. The brothers who are with me greet you. 22 All the holy ones greet you, especially those who are of Caesar’s household.
23 The grace of the Lord Yeshua the Messiah be with you all. Amen. Philippians 4:10-23
May our God make you worthy of His calling
and by His power accomplish every good thing you decide to do and every work of faith,
so as to glorify the name of our Lord Jesus among you, and you in Him,
according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. From 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12