Perspective: A different way of looking at things


perspectiveAs many of you know, I love taking pictures. Yes, I’m an admitted pictureaholic. I always have my phone in hand which works wonders for capturing and sharing moments instantaneously. I love taking pictures on so many levels.  Photographs can capture the beauty of moments in time and preserves them for later viewing.

Of course my all time favorite subjects for photographing are my children. Besides photographing them, I also enjoy capturing the amazing beauty in God’s creation all around us.  I also love sharing my photos for others to enjoy as well.

One of the things I really love to do when taking pictures is capturing things from a fun and different perspective. It’s giving the viewer a different angle, a different way of viewing things than the normal way. Who likes normal anyways? Not me!

Sometimes it’s fun to get down on the same level of the object i’m photographing. Or to get a shot from high above a subject or from an unusual angle which usually adds a whole new perspective to the shot and gives a whole different feel or dimension to the picture. This type of photography is so fun and so appealing to me personally. Sometimes a different perspective changes our view and gives us a new way to look at things.

Perspective is something we all use daily when viewing the world we see around us.  It’s like we can all see a glass of water at the half way mark and we either see it half full or half empty.  Perspective is all how you view the things in your surroundings.

When I think in terms of perspective and how we look at things, it also reminds me that when I have troubles, obstacles or facing something difficult in my life, what helps is that I see things in proper perspective, which is God’s perspective. Often times changing our perspective on a situation to see things the way God sees them will dramatically effect the outcome or assist in my coping with a given situation in life.

In God’s Word we see God was continually challenging the way people think.  He used parables to explain spiritual concepts.  Jesus could have been factual in his teaching, but he wanted the listeners to think, reason and to challenge them to a new and different way of thinking. This is done by changing our view or outlook and aligning ourselves with the truth of God’s Word. Seeing and then acting from a different perspective results in renewing of the mind.

In Romans 12:2 the words says . . . Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. We can often change our mind by changing our view.  We do this by washing our minds in the Word of God.  Transformed means to be changed and we renew our minds by looking at God’s Word and getting His perspective on things.

In order to see things from God’s perspective, we need to view things through the lens of His Word. Throughout the Bible we see God’s use of unorthodox methods to prove a point, proving His ways are not man’s ways. Man was looking for greatness in the promised Messiah and Jesus entered our lowly world through a virgin birth.  He came not as a King, but as a humble servant. He was persecuted, suffered and died at the hands of his own creation to redeem us and to show us the depths of his great love for us.

It is so essential for us as believers to daily delve into and know God’s Word. This is how we get to know the mind of Christ.  As we read the Bible, God speaks to us through His Word and the Holy Spirit helps give us understanding of who God is and how he wants us to live. Essentially, we gain God’s perspective on life by knowing Him and spending time in His Word and through that process and our relationship with Him, we come to know and understand His will for us.

Discovering what it means to live out our faith will be a lifelong journey.  Our goal should always be to seek out and know God’s perspective which will help us to navigate life and to know and understand His good, pleasing and perfect plan for us.

 

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. Colossians 3:2

And to be renewed in the spirit of your minds Ephesians 4:23

“For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Cor. 2:16

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s