Perspective is defined as, a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something, or, a point of view. Now, we’ve all heard the metaphor used of seeing a glass half full or half empty, and we all have our opinion on it.
The optimist says the glass is half full.
The pessimist says the glass is half empty.
The project manager says the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.
The realist says the glass contains half the required amount of liquid for it to over ow.
The school teacher says it’s not about whether the glass is half empty or half full, it’s whether there is something in the glass at all.
The professional trainer does not care if the glass is half full or half empty, he just knows that starting the discussion will give him ten minutes to gure out why his powerpoint presentation is not working.
The ground-down mother of a persistently demanding ve-year- old says sweetheart it’s whatever you want it to be, just please let mummy have ve minutes peace and quiet.
The consultant says let’s examine the question, prepare a strategy for an answer, and all for a daily rate of…
The worrier frets that the remaining half will evaporate by next morning.
The computer specialist says that next year the glass capacity will double, be half the price, but cost you 50% more for me to give you the answer.
The spiritual road we travel faces the same dilemma – which perspective to choose. Is the journey too long, dangerous or tiresome? Or is the journey full of new discoveries, adventure, and filled with energetic enthusiasm? The reality is that it all comes down to the choices we make, and the stuff we believe. Spiritually we are often challenged because we tend to view life from a “low” perspective, that of the sensual world around us and in which we live; we are influenced by what we see, taste, hear, smell and touch.
Yet the spiritual realm is outside of this sensual overload, and it’s atmosphere is determined by things not seen, yet to be touched, and yet to be experienced. This makes it a “higher” perspective that that of our physical realm. Why? Well, because God look in from the outside, while we try and look to the outside from within.
Time to change our perspective to that of God’s! Ready?
My friend David was ready, and he wrote,
Even in the unending shadows of death’s darkness, I am not overcome by fear. Because You are with me in those dark moments, near with Your protection and guidance, I am comforted.
(Psalm 23:4 THE VOICE)