The other night during a speaking opportunity I realized that my small print Bible was just that, small print. In fact, it was much smaller than I remembered it being! Yes, the reality of aging eyes is upon me.
The word perspective has to do with sight. It is the way we view something or someone. It can also be described in terms of a filter or lens that we look through when we view or consider something. The question, Is the glass half full or half empty? gives us two perspectives.
Lately I have found myself in need of a new perspective on life—my life and the world around me. With the continuing thunder of bad news around the world, with the depth of pain and hardship so many of our French Camp family are facing, life can get pretty discouraging.
A new pair of glasses
Thankfully there is another set of glasses that provides hope for all of us. No matter the condition we find ourselves in, God has a perspective that far outweighs what we see and experience now on this earth. Unlike our shortsighted views, God sees us and the world with the final picture in mind. His heart is able to know the depths of our needy condition, yet, at the same time see what our full potential can be when we yield our will to Him. God’s perspective is beyond the here and now. His thinking, His actions, and His investment toward us are for a much greater end—eternity.
When young people come to French Camp we want to equip them to see the world and themselves as God sees them. We call this a Christian World and Life View. From the work program to the classroom to the athletic fields, we want all of our students to know that God loves them and has a wonderful view for their lives—no matter what their current circumstances may look like. We call this the hope of The Gospel and it only comes through a personal relationship with Jesus.
Today what glasses are you looking through? When you look at yourself, your circumstances, your troubles, do you see them through an eternal lens or do you believe they are simply for the here and now? When you think about the relationships you have, do you look on those people with the eternal eyes of Jesus? Can you see the potential Jesus sees in them? Do you love them like Jesus does? What about the potential He sees in you?
As our friend Dr. Larry Crabb states in his book, 66 Love Letters (page 288) …
With the hope that evil will be destroyed, wait eagerly and actively for the day of the Great Gathering. It could happen at any moment. On that day and not before, all My Son’s relational longings—and yours—will be fully and forever satisfied.
With all this in mind, interpret what happens now—the evil you see, the suffering you endure, the goodness and blessings you enjoy—in light of what will happen then.
May God grant us the eyes to see Him and the world with an eternal view.