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Friday, March 6, 2015

Think About It

Pastor B.J. Knefley

I walked into a store the other day and the clerk asked me if it had warmed up outside. I smiled and said it’s a matter of perspective. He looked at me inquisitively and I shared that I was from the north so 48 degrees, might be chilly for him, it was warm for me.

Perspective is based on many factors. How we view life, others, our surroundings and even our weather is affective by our experiences and interpretations of life. What we believe, is based upon many factors. Who we are and all that we have become is the sum total of all the events in our life and how we have interpreted and responded to them. Ironically, two people growing up in the same home with relatively the same experiences can come out as adults with much different interpretations of their life growing up. Even their adult responses can be 180 degrees different, all because of different perspectives of their past experiences.

One of the greatest problems with perspective is that it isn’t always true. I can have a very strong perspective about something yet miss the point entirely. I interpret my world through my experiences and if my experiences were bad them my interpretation will likely be the same. For example, if I my perspective of the legal system is negative I will tend to view all who are involved in the profession the same way. This is true with any profession, teachers, clergy, and even the government. Sadly, we can compound the interpretation and perspective by the news we watch, the books we read, and the people we hang around. We will have a tendency to look for those who think like us because it’s what we know and it feels comfortable.

My challenge is simple and it’s one that I must practice as well. Learn to expose yourself to what is different. Learn new things, take risks and venture out of our world into the world of others. I’ve learned and still learning that truth isn’t confined to my little world. When I can do this my perspective changes and I see things from a bigger picture. I understand more and I’m not as quick to condemn. It’s a good habit to get into. Think about it.


Anonymous said...

Amen! Very good challenge for all of us!

Anonymous said...

Very wise. What we put into our minds is what will come out of our mouths.