I purposely waited to make this post until after Valentines Day, because for some people, Valentines Day is a painful reminder that they’re single. For other people, it’s a day to celebrate love & not just romance. If you think about it, it’s better to be single than hooked up with a yucky person or someone who is evil but pretends to be good.
The choices that we make are very important and how we see our lives and the world around us are very much active choices that we make, whether we realize it or not. And how we see our lives is a direct result of what we allow in our hearts. So the grand conclusion of this meandering blog is that we must be careful what we allow into our hearts and thinking (Proverbs 4:23) because these inputs help to shape the way we see & interact with our world – mental hygiene my friends 🙂
Perspective has alot to do with our decisions & attitudes. Here’s an example: one of my kids just told me that they’re bored. When I suggested that we could skip the Christmas break & head back to school, they were suddenly “un-bored”. Lots of things are a matter of perspective. Along this line, I’ve been thinking lately about what it means to think about things from God’s point of view, based on Biblical insights:
How does God see the things with which I struggle in my life?
What is God’s perspective on the way I treat my mate?
What does God think / feel about how I interact with my kids?
What does God think about how I behave on my job?
What things / values are important to God?
How does God “feel” about the way I use my time, money & energies?
If you want to get to know someone really well, you have to do your best to understand things from their point of view. This takes time, intentionality, honor & humility. Getting to know someone else’s perspective tells them that they are important to you, that their values are significant & that they matter in your life. Getting to know God’s point of view is a noble adventure, worthy of our focus & energies 🙂