“So from now on we regard no one from a “worldly” point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation . . . “ 2 Corinthians 5:16-18
Perspective on life’s circumstances is critical. Where does our perspective come from? Is it from God or in need of discarding and rebuilding? Perspective is the state of your ideas as you interrelate with others – the basis upon which you view life. Are you viewing life through God’s lens – the lens of reconciliation – the lens of grace?
We all have different perspectives on life situations because we all have different life journeys. Our perspective is impacted by the experiences we have – good or bad. If we have lost a parent at a young age, our perspective on relationships in all likelihood is different from another person who did not experience such a tragic loss. If we have been abused as a child, our perspective is viewed through this deep hurt. If we have children, our perspective on many life situations suddenly changes when they are born and we may have a totally new respect for our own parents.
Each and every circumstance in our lives can impact our perspective on life and how we react to a situation. Take some time today and this week to think about your perspective. Is it skewed in certain circumstances? Is it self-centered? Compare it to God’s – His perspective is one of reconciliation of us to Him through Christ. His perspective is filled with grace. – the gift of unconditional love. Remember this as you approach the every day situations in your life. Rebuild by looking at a situation through God’s lens – Remember, the Holy Spirit is with you and will guide you – seek Him.
Remember – You are a new creation in Christ. So . . .
In an interaction with a difficult person, try praying for the person instead of dismissing their words before they are out of their mouth. Remember your perspective is different from theirs. You may not know what they have endured, what they are enduring, how their perspective has been shaped and molded by their life experiences. Instead of a harsh response, try a kind word or no words at all.
If you are working at a job you despise, start thanking God for the opportunity to serve Him through the job. Turn your mind to the Blessings that He is providing to you and others through your work. In other words, change your perspective if that perspective is making you a grumpy, short tempered, mean, conniving, loud-mouthed or not fun to be around person.
If you are alone and feel unworthy, turn your attention to others and take time to write a note or say a kind word. Set your circumstances aside in your mind and focus your attention on helping someone else through prayer and a positive perspective.
If you are having a number 10 reaction to a number 2 problem, evaluate why you are over reacting. Give the overreaction to God and ask for His perspective – a new understanding of your overreaction. With your new perspective, practice a new response.
If you are overworked and stressed, evaluate why. Ask God to give you a new perspective on your situation. Are you unable to say “no” to requests of others? Remember to seek God’s guidance when saying “yes”. If it is not a job or task intended for you and you take it, you may be preventing another person from being able to do what God intended for them. Remember what Jesus said, “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:30.
When you change your worldly perspective to God’s perspective, your eyes will see the new creation He has made in you and what a ripple effect that can have in other’s lives.
My prayer for us this week is that our eyes are opened to see our situation through God’s perspective giving us a new perspective that brings Glory to His Name. AMEN.