From my house in Orange County, CA, there is a mountain that usually has clouds around it. In the winter with snow on the mountain and clouds nestling just below the summit, it resembles Mt. Fuji. You know the mountain in Japan?
But lately, I’ve had a different perspective. I’ve been driving north on the 55 every morning. And the mountain looks like a beautiful snow filled mountain. I’ve seen it with the clouds just below the summit, but now I can see most of the rest of the mountain and the smaller hills in front of it covered in green. Everyday I see the mountains in the early morning light, very early morning light, and I am awed by their beauty.
Many things in our lives can be looked at from a different perspective. A seeming snub by an acquaintance or friend might really mean they are having a hard day and didn’t see us. The irritable person (parent, spouse, children) aren’t being mean on purpose, maybe they need to talk to someone about something that happened to them during their day. Sometimes listening is more than just listening. Sometimes it requires pulling out of yourself to see someone else through God’s eyes, from His perspective.
Try offering a smile or a hug, instead of waiting to be approached. Be the first to pick up the dirty dishes or laundry. Pretend like you are the grownup in the relationship (or are you?) and being the one to step back, act on love, instead of reacting. Realize that kids get stressed out and need a little space, a break from reality – even if it is only for 15 minutes, just like adults.
Everyday we have an opportunity to look at things from God’s perspective. How we behave at work, where we look for work, our daily choices, how we decide what is most important. We choose.
“We live, we love, we forgive and never give up
Cuz the days we are given are gifts from above
And today we remember to live and to love”
Romans 12:1-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.
Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. (The Message)