WHAT'S YOUR PERSPECTIVE?
With every situation, the way we perceive things can change. When we try to keep seeing everything from God’s point of view, however, our perspective need not bounce back and forth like a yo-yo.
Eternal Perspectives by Sally Bair
I enjoy viewing wildflowers, even dandelions. My neighbor, however, sees dandelions as weeds that keep his lawn from being uniformly green and lush. No matter what we see, hear or think about, our viewpoint of such may differ from that of someone else.
The COVID-19 pandemic and its myriad of complications, government mandates or intrusions on so-called rights offer various perspectives. Some think it a hoax, others something to be feared. How we see things and understand their importance in relation to other things can determine our health and welfare. The more we learn, the more likely our perspective can change. As I’ve been writing my weekly devotional column since 2003, I’ve tried to see and share about situations from an eternal perspective.
What is our eternal perspective? How important is it to keep an eternal outlook rather than embracing someone else’s view? Since we’re human, our perspectives can change from one moment to another depending on how we feel, what we hear or what we see. And that’s why God’s perspective is so important. The Bible tells the story of Moses sending Joshua, Caleb and ten other spies to look over the land God wanted them to conquer. From Joshua and Caleb’s perspective, the land was good. The others, however, saw only fearful-looking “giants” and wanted nothing to do with entering the land, even though God had already brought the Israelites through countless “hardships.”
God’s Word offers many answers to help us view everything from His perspective. Perhaps some of the most popular words are from the Psalms. “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path,” the writer says in Psalms 119:105. Being in the Word is one of the best ways to view the world through God’s eyes.
“Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others,” Paul writes in Philippians 2:4. That perspective is reminiscent of countless biblical reminders and commands to think not only about ourselves but others as well.
John writes, “Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward.” (2 John 8) Jesus’ teachings emphasize the need to look to and work toward receiving our final reward, which is eternal life with Him. It truly is an eternal perspective.
Lord, thank You for guiding us through Your Word and Spirit toward viewing every situation from Your perspective, instead of from our questionable points of view. Strengthen us as we think, speak and act according to Your words regardless of how the world views things. In Jesus’ name, amen.