Daily Devotional (5-21-20)

Daily Devotional (5-21-20)

This is the Day…Thursday
May 21, 2020

 

Perspectives

 

Every Sunday, as I dress for our worship service, I typically will choose the suit that I will wear that day. I have learned the general rules regarding the acceptable times of year to wear a black or dark gray suit as opposed to a light colored one. Once I have chosen the suit, you can be assured that I consult with my wife regarding shirt color and appropriate tie. I know my limitations and matching a shirt and a tie with a suit is not one of my gifts.

I ask for my wife’s opinion, she shares her opinion, and all is right with the world. The only choice I make without clearance is regarding my socks. If you have noticed my socks on Sunday mornings, I am sure you have an opinion about my choices.

Without exception, everyone has an opinion! We tend to validate a person’s opinions based upon how it lines up with our own opinions. Our opinions develop from various factors in our lives. Some individuals are optimists and tend to have a positive opinion and strive to share it tactfully. Some come from a more negative perspective and can voice harsh and destructive opinions. That is why there is an unspoken rule that one should ever discuss religion or politics within a group. Everyone seems to have a different opinion.

Whether an opinion is good or bad, positive, or negative, it is based upon our own perspective of that subject and the world in general. Opinions can and should change from time to time. If we are willing to view the world from varying perspectives our opinions will develop and mature.

Your perspective is your window on the world. If you are not willing to clean the window occasionally, the light will not come in. It is good to look at life from a different perspective at times. Especially when the view from the window is troubling.

Paul tells us, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So, we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

As you view through the window of life and gain new perspectives and opinions, make sure you are not only focusing on what may be seen, but also on the most important things that are unseen.