Perspective matters. It matters a lot. A wrong perspective can derail your journey to becoming who you were created to be in the blink of an eye.
I loved spending time with my grandmother. I have many wonderful memories of time spent with her. The cool thing was she was one of those people you could be so comfortable just being with that conversation wasn’t necessary.
A Lesson In Perspective
One day we were sitting together, and she broke the silence with an observation about me. She said, “K, you have such long, slender fingers.” Now grandma was a wise woman and rarely wrong, but as I looked down at my hand, I thought to myself how wrong she was about this.
When I looked at my hand, all I saw were short stubby fingers. As time passed, she made the comment several more times, and each time I thought the same thing. Then one day I realized Grandma wasn’t looking at the palm of my hand, she was looking at the back of my hand. So, I looked at the back of my hand and guess what I saw? Yep, long slender fingers. If I looked at my palm, I still saw short stubby fingers.
What? I flipped my hand over several times with the same result. Back of hand, long slender fingers – palm of hand short stubby fingers. It turns out both of us were correct.
I learned a valuable lesson that day, perspective matters.
The Role Of Perspective
What does that have to do with embracing our story and becoming who we are created to be? Simple, we tend to look at things from our perspective and when we do it tends to distort the truth.
We don’t necessarily need to change what we see, just how we see it.
“Your perspective will influence how you invest your time, spend your money, use your talents, and value your relationships.” Rick Warren – Purpose Driven Life.
The key is seeing things from God’s perspective.
When We See As God Sees
Who do you see when you look into the mirror? Who do you think Jesus sees?
We tend to think our assessment of ourselves is the only accurate one. But that just isn’t true. Jesus is our only safe mirror.
“In Jesus, we have a mirror we can trust – He will reflect our true identity back to us directly.” – Rick Lawrence, The Jesus Centered Life.
I have to be honest when I look in the mirror from my perspective I don’t like what I see. When I look in the mirror through Jesus’ eyes, I sometimes struggle to understand how anyone could love me as much as He says He does.
That’s because I still see myself from my perspective. Just as when I changed the posture of my hand I saw it in a different way, the more I begin to embrace how Jesus sees me it is transforming me.
I love this quote by Brennan Manning in his book, Abba’s Child, “Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is an illusion.”
If we want to embrace our story and become who He created us to be we have to change our perspective. We have to see ourselves through His eyes. That is what He wants.
“Jesus wants us to know what He sees in us-what He knows is true about us. He is unwilling for us to live under the shadow of a lie about who we really are.” – Rick Lawrence, The Jesus Centered Life.
That’s a game changer. Where I see broken, He sees mended. I’m learning to see myself through His eyes, one grace step at a time.
I think Matthew West’s new song “Mended” sums it up well:
Who’s perspective are you seeing yourself from when you look in the mirror?