October 11, 2018

DAY ELEVEN of 31 Days of Becoming Queen...


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The Real Game Changer:
The Gift of Perspective...

Yesterday we talked a bit about Empathy and Sympathy and how we are in desperate need of extending both!

We talked about how there are so many (many) lines drawn in the sand that divide us --in so many (many) different ways.  The lack of willingness to be open to a differing perspective builds walls on top of the lines drawn and before we know it, we are trapped, walled up, and blinded to what is all around us.  



Our beliefs or rights or passions become a fortress that may have started with standing for justice or righteousness or protection but they can quickly become a prison of division and lack of perspective.

Here's the thing that we tend to forget when we are fully convinced that we are right:
We only know in part.



"Our present knowledge and our prophecies are but partial, but when love’s perfection arrives, the partial will fade away. When I was a child, I spoke about childish matters, for I saw things like a child and reasoned like a child. But the day came when I matured, and I set aside my childish ways.

For now we see but a faint reflection of riddles and mysteries as though reflected in a mirror, but one day we will see face-to-face. My understanding is incomplete now, but one day I will understand everything, just as everything about me has been fully understood. Until then, there are three things that remain: faith, hope, and love—yet love surpasses them all. So above all else, let love be the beautiful prize for which you run." 1 Cor 13:9-13 TPT

It does us so much good to remember that even when we think we know a thing for certain, the truth is  --we only see or know in part.  

We have a perspective that seems right to us... and maybe we have done all the research and asked for input and really worked to educate ourselves before drawing those lines (and/or building those walls...) and it's quite possible that we are, in fact, 'right'! It is.

However, being correct doesn't give us the right to be mean... or condescending... or to give in to anger. (Frustration? Oh yes... because this is real life and humans can be infuriating! But to answer or debate with angry, vengeful, spiteful words? No... we covered that last week! aka Be Kind, Believe the Best, Focus on the Positive, etc.)

I can't help thinking back to Jesus and the 'adulterous woman' as told in the Gospel of John (chapter eight.)

Man, that crowd had rocks in hand, ready to stone and murder because of righteous vengeance.  They were right... (but were they?) 

Yes. Of course, they were. 
They said it themselves;
she was caught in the act...
Of course, she was guilty of a crime
and the penalty was death by stoning.
They were bloodthirsty and
had drawn some lines in the sand
and they wanted Jesus to take their side...
to stand for what is true and to see from their perspective.

But Jesus drew some of His own lines in the sand...
"Then they said to Jesus, “Teacher, we caught this woman in the very act of adultery. Doesn’t Moses’ law command us to stone to death a woman like this? Tell us, what do you say we should do with her?” They were only testing Jesus because they hoped to trap him with his own words and accuse him of breaking the laws of Moses.
But Jesus didn’t answer them. Instead he simply bent down and wrote in the dust with his finger. Angry, they kept insisting that he answer their question, so Jesus stood up and looked at them and said, “Let’s have the man who has never had a sinful desire throw the first stone at her.” And then he bent over again and wrote some more words in the dust.
Upon hearing that, her accusers slowly left the crowd one at a time, beginning with the oldest to the youngest, with a convicted conscience. Until finally, Jesus was left alone with the woman still standing there in front of him. So he stood back up and said to her, “Dear woman, where are your accusers? Is there no one here to condemn you?”
Looking around, she replied, “I see no one, Lord.”
Jesus said, “Then I certainly don’t condemn you either. Go, and from now on, be free from a life of sin.” John 8:4-11 TPT
Listen, just because we are correct about something or someone, that does not mean we are right or justified in our desire to see their failure or demise. 

The Real Game Changer comes when we are willing to see the whole thing from His Perspective... that is always Higher... always Greater... always saturated in Redeeming Love!



Remember, we are called to represent Jesus
and to live and love the way He Lives and Loves.

Something about
Judge not lest you be judged...
Something about
Mercy triumphs over Judgment...
Something about how Grace isn't free...
it cost Him everything!
And He gladly paid it for you and for me.
and for 'them' (whoever 'they' may be.)
It can't be earned... 

I've always loved the visual of Jesus calmly stooping down in the dirt drawing with His fingers as the atmosphere is charged with indignation and violence. 

It was a trap... He knew and they knew it...
but they didn't realize it was they
who were trapped.
Many scholars believe this action
was a fulfillment of Jeremiah 17:13
"Lord, you are the hope of Israel; all who forsake you will be put to shame.
Those who turn away from you will be written in the dust because they have forsaken the Lord, the spring of living water."
The thinking is that this Crowd was well-versed and they would have known what He was doing.

We don't know if He wrote their names, or their sins, or Jeremiah 17:13... but we know the tables were turned and His Perspective shifted their own.

There are several ways to define Perspective,
but a couple simple explanations from Collins Dictionary are:
'a particular way of thinking about something, especially one that is influenced by your beliefs or experiences.' 
and 'a specific point of view in understanding or judging things or events, esp. one that shows them in their true relations to one another' 

And lastly, also from Collins Dictionary, my favorite:
'the ability to see things in a true relationship.'

Just a few days ago, while reading a devotional offered via YouVersion based on How Joyful People Think, the writer said: "God's way of giving us peace --real peace-- is through our having the right kind of perspective. A perspective that allows us to trust him. A perspective that makes us want to follow him. Don't miss this: the perspective that God offers is also a perspective that helps us think as he wants us to think." (~Jamie Rasmussen)

The crowd that day was right... sure, they knew maybe they weren't going about it the right way.  They let the man go but drug the woman, naked and ashamed, in order to prove their point... but Jesus wanted to give them His perspective... a glimpse of the New Covenant of Love... and in doing so, He offered a perspective that caused them to drop the rocks and walk away.

I have to think after the disappointment over unsatisfied revenge faded a bit, just maybe Hope began to rise up from the depths of them.  

Maybe, just maybe, their thirst for Justice was quenched when Mercy and Grace covered and a different Perspective was offered to give them the ability to see things in a true relationship!



Perspective... it's such a gift!  We can and should do all the homework needed to craft our own views... but let's not lose sight of the fact that the perspective we need the most is HIS! (And His is never lacking grace or mercy or the hope of redemption!)




Today is Day Eleven of 31 Days of Becoming Queen of Giving the Benefit of the Doubt! If you missed the kick-off and official 'Homepage' for this series, you can go HERE and catch up! You will find links for each days' postings, added daily throughout the month. If you'd prefer to have them delivered right to you, I invite you to enter your email address to the right ('Subscribe Here') and subscribe to the blog. That way, once a week, each post is delivered to your inbox in a single email over the weekend and you'll be sure not to miss a thing!


Tomorrow is Friday... so we will attempt another Five Minute Friday writing prompt and see how it fits into this series! I hope you'll join us!

4 comments :

  1. Yes. Perspective can make all the difference in life lives.

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    1. So true! Thanks for stopping by Amanda!

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  2. Perspective truly makes a difference! Love the stories you used as examples. Jesus was so good at giving the benefit of the doubt!

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    1. He's simply the BEST!!! xoxo

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