When I woke this morning the window of my Birmingham Airport hotel room was being lashed by rain. Crossing from the hotel to the terminal involved a mad dash to avoid getting too wet. Once within the terminal the view through the window was partially obscured by dots on the glass, but not in sufficient size or number to obscure the continuing rain. An hour later the view from my window was very different. Blue skies awaited me in Dublin. But the view through the window obscured one small fact: the bitterly cold wind, which hung around all day as if to challenge the beautiful blueness of the sky.
The view from my Dublin hotel room is not too favourable. Outside I can see parked buses and a busy flyover on the Naas Road. Not the best view, but a convenient one as the hotel is just a short drive from a hostelry by the name of The Poitin Still where the ‘steak on a stone‘ is highly recommended.
The view through the window is not always what it seems or how it seems. Sometimes we gaze at life through rose-tinted spectacles, while at other times what is outside seems so awful that we would rather not look out of the window at all. And yet there is a world out there waiting to bless us and to be blessed by us. When was the last time you prayed for those outside the window to be blessed in Jesus’ name? Never done it? Look for a book called The Grace Outpouring by Roy Godwin and find out about the power of praying a blessing on those outside your window.
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus. (Philippians 2:1-5 NIV)