In one Peanuts comic strip, thoughtful Lucy said to Charlie Brown, “You know, life is kind of like a deck chair. Some place it so they can see where they’re going, some place it where they can see where they’ve been, and some place it so they can see where they are at the present.”

Charlie Brown replied, frustrated, “I can’t even get mine unfolded.”

Lucy made a good point in this humorous story. Have you thought about your perspective on life lately?

Some focus upon what they could have done in the past year, regretting a missed witnessing opportunity, a slip into sin, or a personal failure, wishing to somehow make it right.

Others set their eyes upon what they are doing now, content to stay put in their comfortable way of life, refusing or ignoring change. They have no desire to advance in their Christian lives.

A few lock their gaze on the future, investing in things of God. They desire a closer walk with Christ that will reap eternal rewards.

Focusing on the past leaves one miserable. Focusing on the present prevents one from moving ahead. Focusing on the future, however, enriches the present.

Learn from your past, and let it shape the present. Then, in the present, invest in the future. Most importantly, let your life perspective reflect a desire to know and grow in Christ.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.