Perspective is Powerful
What do these quotes have in common?
- “I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14
- “What makes you vulnerable makes you beautiful.” -Brené Brown
- Don’t move! Big giant over me…. He has this huge eye looking at me!
- A baby bird nestled in the safety of a bush.
- Bad hair day!
- You’d frown too if you were having this kind of hair day!
- NEW BIRTH
- His eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me.
These are the captions my blog readers offered for this picture in last week’s post What Do You See?:
There are a few captions that have similar themes. Some are funny and several worshipful. Each is a result of perspective. Some people wrote from the perspective of a scared and insecure bird. Some wrote from a heart focused on God.
It is important to pay attention to our focus and realize it determines our perspective. If I am focused on my weaknesses and inadequacies, I am almost paralyzed with fear. But if I am focused on God’s love for me and His love for others, I see things differently. Most importantly, I see something other than myself.
As a child, I focused way too much attention on what people thought of me which resulted in fear and confusion. I was deeply loved by many, but I did not experience that love because of my perspective. I had a choice. As a child, I didn’t realize there was a choice. And I certainly didn’t know that my perception did not reflect my reality.
At age 36, I began to see a new reality. What changed? I had been reading and studying God’s word. I was interacting with His word. I was acting on the instructions in the Bible. I began to know the Truth and that Truth began to set me free (John 10:10).
What is your perspective? What produces your perspective? Is it a combination of your thoughts and the words people have spoken over you? Or is it based on the truth of God’s word?
Be courageous! Let the living Word of God replace what you think you know about yourself and your circumstances. Set your mind on things that are right, that deserves praise: things that are true, honorable, fair, pure, acceptable, or commendable (Philippians 4:8)
About Jennifer O. White
I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.