Perspective Changes Things

A funeral puts everything into perspective, doesn’t it? So many of the issues of life that cause us such concern fade into insignificance when standing next to a casket. The truest of concerns emerge to the front of our minds as we consider our own mortality amid the crisis that loss brings. The ordinary inconveniences that furrow our brow and frown our lips suddenly are of no interest. Perspective changes things.

Perspective is the way we look at life, the ideas that we have as they are influenced by the realities around us. One person opens their Bible and is amazed by what they read; another person falls asleep. Everything in our life is seen through a certain lens, we have no choice in the matter. But we do have a choice as to the particular lens through which we choose to see our life.

“If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and adore.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Deciding if the glass is half-empty or half-full does not change the reality of the glass. It does change our perspective and thus our attitude about the glass. In many ways perspective is also changed by faith. Jesus pointed us to mountains that move, mustard seeds that become the largest trees in the garden, and sparrows of which Almighty God is aware. Do you think He wanted us to look at our problems through a certain lens? Marvin Phillips had a sermon called “Looking at Your Problems Through the Proper Perspectacles.”

 “Child, you have to learn to see things in the right proportions. Learn to see great things great and small things small.” ~Corrie Ten Boom

The Message paraphrases Colossians 3:2, “Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.”

Seeing things from His perspective means that we take on the perspective of love. Apostle Paul wrote of love: “It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres” (1 Corinthians 13:12, NIV11). Take on the perspective that seeks to protect, trust, hope, persevere. If perspective changes things, then because of this perspective we can look for some wonderful changes in our life.

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