I have always loved the view from the house where I grew up. It sits below a tall hill with a hay field across the gravel road and a creek in the valley.
On top of the tall hill is the house where my mom grew up, now my uncle’s house. I’m always amazed at how different the hilltop view is from the one I grew up seeing. The two houses sit almost within shouting distance, and their views take in much of the same landscape, but it all looks and feels very different depending on where I’m standing.
Perspective can completely change how we see the world.
One of the main differences that ought to exist between Christians and non-Christians is a difference of perspective. Believing in God, in His love, in salvation and in eternity should give us a very different view of life and the events of this world. For one thing, we Christians should have hope. For another, we should realize that, in the words of missionary C. T. Studd, we’re given “only one life, twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.”
What does your perspective, your take on this world, reveal about your position in relation to God?
“Seek the Lord while he may be found. … ‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.’” Isaiah 55:6,8,9 NIV