Perspective!

Perspective depends less on what you see, than it does the place from which you see.

One afternoon I was trying to read a book. While flicking through the pages and straining to read the small print, I thought: “I wish I had my reading glasses”. Then I found my reading glasses! They were sitting on the top of my head—right there, just waiting for me to put them on!  As I sat down to write this blog, I was reminded of this.

The eyes through which we view the world—ourselves, other people, situations and even God—is of enormous importance! Without my reading glasses on that afternoon, I couldn’t see clearly and it was bothering me.

I remember watching the second Paddington Bear movie a little while ago. Paddington wanted to buy a gift for his Aunt but he didn’t have enough money. So he began doing odd jobs for people to earn some extra money, including window cleaning. One man’s windows were so dirty that his view out of them was very obscured. Very little light could get into his house to allow him to see more clearly. He sat in his gloomy living room, grumpy and unhappy. His whole world view was his dark, gloomy house. Then Paddington came along with a bucket of soapy water and a sponge and cleaned the man’s windows. Light broke through and filled the entire living room. The man’s whole perspective changed instantly! He could see clearly. Things weren’t as bad as he thought. He found motivation to venture outside and meet people. He found joy and he found love!

Perspective! 

A way of looking and thinking; a particular attitude or way of regarding something.

A person’s perspective shapes their whole life and their view of the future. For example, have you ever felt depressed or anxious because you believed something or thought something, but then you got some news that changed the way you thought about that situation? So what happened? The good news you heard was a ray of light that shifted your perspective on that matter. In that moment you felt brighter, happier and even stronger.

There is darkness in this world that works hard to stop people from seeing God’s truth and light. It works hard to distort people’s views and cloud judgement through lies, deception and darkened imagery.

That’s why we need to hear from God! His Word is like the pair of reading glasses we need to put on to navigate through each day! His truth is the ray of light that needs to be spoken into the gloomy “living rooms” of life! God’s perspective will change EVERYTHING!

The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple. I opened my mouth and panted, for I longed for Your commandments.

Psalm 119:130-131

Tracey Pekkanen

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