Day 97: Perspective (April 7)

Not long ago, while my husband and I were teaching Sunday school class together, he gave a great object lesson on perspective.  He placed a potted plant on the table and asked the class to surround it.  We discussed how every person was seeing it from a different angle, therefore their description of it would be varied from the person who had the opposite angle.  But was either wrong?  No, of course not.  Well, doesn’t that same lesson apply to most things in life?

We all come into things from a different background.  Even siblings who grow up in the same home have different experiences there.  It also reminds me of the Biblical example of perspective.  There are four gospels, not one, but four.  Why is that?  They were each offering a different perspective.  While the gospels are very similar, they also are very different.  But none are inaccurate.

In the world right now, and especially in America, there are so many groups fighting against each other.  It’s disheartening, to say the least, but I wonder what would happen if each group would lay down their “rights” and pride for a minute and consider another’s view based on how they grew up and what they know of God and what they’ve been through in life.  In other words, walk a mile in another’s shoes.

I imagine, no I am certain, we would all end up humbled and realizing that we are just looking at things from a different starting point, a different perspective.

Today, I challenge you to ask God to release perspective over your life. Do you have an issue that you grandstand?  Then, I challenge you to ask God to show you the heart of the opposing view.  Not necessarily so you will change your mind, but just to keep your heart soft to others.  To remember that we are all human and we all deserve grace.

Not one of us is saved by anything but God’s grace.  Shouldn’t we be quick to extend that same grace to others.  Let your heart find true compassion for others today.  I pray the Father will give you His eyes for those around you.  That you could see them how He sees them.

I pray that you will go out and love on someone today!

God, help me to love those that I find challenging.  Lord, don’t let me get so caught up in being “right” that I forget to show compassion and grace to others.  Help me to really see others.  Give me Your eyes for those around me.  Help me see the gold inside of each person I encounter.  Help my first response to not be condemnation, but love.  Help me to be a light to others.  A light that draws others to You.  I love You, in Jesus name, amen.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith- and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast.  Ephesians 2:8-9

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.  Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.  Philippians 2:3-4

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you:  Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.  He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.  If you love those who love you, what reward will you get?  Are not even the tax collectors doing that?  And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others?  Do not even pagans do that?  Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”  Matthew 5:43-48

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