“Somebody has said there are only two kinds of people in the world. There are those who wake up in the morning and say, “Good morning, Lord,” and there are those who wake up in the morning and say, “Good Lord, it’s morning.” (source unknown)
Perspective changes the things that we see without changing anything that we’re looking at. That’s because perspective changes us.
Looking at a piece of property from ground level and looking at it from 1,500′ up in the air doesn’t do a thing to the property – but it does a whole lot for our eyes doesn’t it?
Lots of things can demand our attention and ultimately affect our perspective: jobs, family life, addictions, anxieties, international news headlines, friends and even our faith.
Some of these things have the potential to improve our perspective while others have the potential of dragging it down to the far-country pig-pen level and keeping it there (Luke 15:13-16).
Reality will always be reality, and looking at things through rose-colored lenses doesn’t always help. But making a mountain out of a molehill, and a coral snake out of a king snake never helps either. Yeah, I know; you may have to look up that last analogy…if you do, it’ll make sense.
The best perspective is the one that views things from the heavenly point of view! We may call it the bird’s-eye perspective down here. It allows us to see over the barriers and past the hour that we are facing on the clock. It gives us the opportunity to properly see things as they are; whether we’re talking about jobs, family life, addictions, anxieties, international news headlines, friends and, most importantly, our faith.
When we stop trying to view everything through a straw then things will begin to make a little more sense (2 Corinthians 5:7) and our perspective will have the ability to change us without changing a single thing around us. That’s pretty interesting if you stop and think about it…and even more so when you’re able to see it.
“For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:14-19)