It’s a phrase we use often. "I’m doing well…under the circumstances". The implication being that whatever is happening in our lives is lowering the ceiling. That there is an oppressive maximum closing down on us. And we are holding up in the shadow of the circumstances around us.
It doesn’t have to be this way. It is because we chose it.
The power of perspective allows us to live over the circumstances. It does not mean the circumstances are not acknowledged and weighed. It just means that they are not the sole measure that holds us down.
The things that happen to us are messy and sometimes tragic. But there is a force inside of us more powerful than experience, more definitive than our situations. The Gospel of the Holy Spirit provides us insight into the identity God has bestowed on us and invites us to see Him more clearly.
A true perspective allows us to view the world from above the circumstances. It allows us to put our happenings in context. It releases the shackles on our ability and our choices.
Circumstances can be oppressive. They can be stifling. But we are more than what happens to us. Our mass is greater than that of circumstance.