Contemporary English Version (CEV)
Big picture thinking. Paul is trying to lift our eyes from the petty things that sometimes occupy us, sapping our strength and our energy and our desires to move forward. It's easy to get caught up in debates about small things. It's much harder to recognize them for what they are and move past them, finding ways to honor God in our differences while seeking the bigger picture of what God is doing in our lives and in the world. In the end, we come before God as we are, and we depend on him for redemption and rescue. That matters. May we live like it is the most important thing.