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Category: Clarity

A Certain Point of View

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Luke: You told me Darth Vader betrayed and miurdered my father.

Obi Wan: What I told you was true, from a certain point of view.

Luke: A certain point of view?

Obi Wan: Luke, you will find many of the truthes we hold are from a certain point of view.

We have all heard the cliché, possession is 9/10 of the law. I think it is equally true, if not more true, to say perception is 10/10 of reality. Our reality is shaped by our perspective – our interpretation and understanding of the events and external stimuli we encounter. How we perceive the world around us becomes our reality. We approach life, situations and problems based on the way we interpret the external influences on us.

What’s the big deal about this? So what? This is critical because it sets the framework for how we react to life. I have been told I’m a ‘the glass is half empty’ kind of guy. I tend to have what some call a pessimistic, defeatist outlook. I would argue, it’s a practical, reality-bases outlook but whatever.

Many circumstances we face can swallowed much easier if we have a proper perspective. As I got up and got ready for work, ate breakfast, drove to work and arrives do late what was the cause? Did my alarm clock purposefully not go off at the appropriated time? Did my boys refuse to get dressed solely to irritate me? Was every other driver on the road setting out to get in my way? Is the world just avainst me today? Or did I have a unique set of circumstances which led to me arriving to work later than I planned? Did these circumstances allow me a few more minutes with my family this morning? As annoying as it is to catch every redlight, I can’t help but wondering what I may have avoided on the road by being stopped at those lights.

Our perspective sets the tone for our attitude and outlook on life. Here are three ways to keep perspective in perspective:

  1. Remember we aren’t alone – We barely are facing a situation which has never been faced before. We aren’t the only ones who have suffered in the way we are suffering and likely not the only ones suffering in this way currently. Remembering we aren’t alone is powerful in dealing with whatever life is throwing at us, because we know we don’t have to do it alone, all by ourselves.
  2. Remember there is a lesson in this – I have come realize even the difficult times of my life have taught me something… especially, he difficult times in my life have taught me. It is through the fire that the core of my being has been forged and made me into the man I am today. I am who I am because of what I have learned in the midst of the chaos that has been difficult times in my life.
  3. Remember someone may need our help –  It is possible there are others around us who are also suffering who need us to be there for them in the difficult times. If we can look around us and see those around us who are suffering, we could be in a position to help those who need it. Maybe we are both on the same journey and we are farther down and have words of encouragement to share. Maybe we have already conquered what they are struggling with. Maybe they can find strength and the ability to carry on because of what they see in us.

Life isn’t always easy. We don’t have the ability to control life, but we can control how we approach it and we can control our response to it. Are we going to assume we have to accept the garbage we face in life or are we going to try to look at life in such a way that we can make the most of it?

Vision with Clarity

Ps. 9:2

I will be glad and rejoice in you;

I will sing praise to your name, O most high.

David will be glad and rejoice and sing praises for what happens in verse 3-20… namely, God destroys all of David’s enemies and rescues his people from certain doom. David rejoices because he knows God will deliver him and his people. David is glad because he knows the sadness at this present moment is not one that will last, but will be overtaken by joy and gladness. David knows the afflicted will not perish. David knows the evil will not go unpunished. He knows God will be victorious, triumphant. He knows God will defeat all of the enemies of the good and righteous and he will lift up the head of his people and bring them home with him. God’s people will be the victory march, the triumphant parade at the conclusion of the battle. Despite all of the terrible swirling around David, he was able to see with clarity the future ahead of him.

Why is it so hard for me? Why is it so easy to get bogged down by the garbage surrounding our daily life? Why is it so hard to see the future outcome of God sitting on his throne being absolutely victorious over all his foes? Why is is hard to visualize evil being struck down and cast into the abyss? Why is it difficult to see the future where the throne of God is visible by all of creation and there is no weeping or sadness?

This is a future we all long for desperately, yet we fear hoping in something like this on the off chance it never comes true. On the chance that God isn’t who he says he is.

The book of Revelation is one human’s attempt to explain and describe the awesome, beyond description scene he saw in heaven. John was given a vision of heaven and he describes it for us in all its glory and majesty. he describes terribly frightening scenes of utter destruction of evil. He describes scenes beyond our ability to understand of glorious beauty with God at the center.

Why is it so hard to live life with end in mind? The same reason it is hard to finish a marathon. At some point we hit ‘the wall.’ The place where you think, this is the end. I can’t go any further. For me, that was at mile 23. We think the pain is too great, the outcome isn’t worth it and that it will be ok to just give up now.

Sure, its ok. If you don’t want to participate in the party at the end!

Paul reminds us to finish the race. To keep our minds set on the goal, the prize, the end. We must finish the race. Complete the course set before us. We must claim our prize at the end.

2 Corinthians 4:17 reminds us our troubles are light and momentary when compared to the eternal glory far outweighing them… which to troubles are actually working towards defining in us. So while the Bible doesn’t say, ‘this too shall pass’ we can know these troubles are not the end. We can be glad and rejoice in God and sing praise to his name, knowing he is going to utterly demolish and destroy our enemies.

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