I’m not a thrill-seeker.
Nope! I’m not looking for life’s next roller-coaster ride or white water rapids experience.
Now some of you may be thinking … I totally get it. I completely agree.
But others are shaking their heads thinking … that’s so boring. I can’t wait for my next adrenaline rush.
And I love it! I love the way God wires us all differently.
Although, I have to admit that in the middle of an opinionated conversation, I often struggle with the way God makes us all differently.
It’s interesting when we’re talking about personal tastes, abilities, and preferences. It’s quite another when we’re trying to understand how someone can come to a point of view that is completely contrary to our own.
The thing is, we don’t come to our views of the world simply through God’s creative wiring. We also spend years developing a perspective lens and that lens influences how we look at everything.
Every person ever created is a mixture of God’s making and their experiences, relationships, environment, and education. A perspective developed over many years.
But there’s a problem with exclusively depending on those things as the basis for our ideas and opinions. We live in a sinful world and our experiences, relationships, environment, and education are always less than perfect.
So, no one grows up in circumstances that can lead them to have a perfect perspective.
I’ll admit it’s hard to accept the possibility that my perspective might be wrong. And it’s even harder for me to deal with people who are adamant that their perspective is always right.
But I’ve decided it’s time to quit thinking about people’s opinions and perspectives. It’s time to look at things in a different way.
Because if I really care about the truth and not just about being right … then I need to know God’s perspective.
So, I’m going to God’s Word and prayer. I’m asking God to help me see things in a different way … in His way.
I’m asking God to give me His perspective.
If you’re willing to pause and pray. If you’re ready to admit you’re perspective may not be perfect and see things a different way. If you’re ready to ask God to show you His perspective … will you pray with me?
When You Need to See Things in a Different Way
We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.2 Corinthians 10:3–4
Father, help me remember that the enemy is always at work around me. He is the Father of Lies (John 8:44) who is at work trying to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10) what we have in and through Jesus. He is at work trying to break our relationships and distort our perspectives.
As I study Your Word, help me see things in a different way. Fill my heart and mind with Your perspective and help me fight his lies with Your truth.
Stop deceiving yourselves. If you think you are wise by this world’s standards, you need to become a fool to be truly wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God.1 Corinthians 3:18–19
Father, the world keeps shouting that its way is better. There is really nothing new. Solomon wrote, “History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9)
As I read your Word, it reveals the foolishness of the world. From Genesis through Revelation, You teach us about the foolishness of following the world’s ways.
Please help me. I want to see things in a different way. I want to follow Jesus. I want to trust and obey You. Please give me peace with being considered foolish to those shouting the world’s “wisdom” and stand on the firm foundation of Your unfailing love.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.Romans 12:2
Father, give me a hunger and thirst for Your Word. I want to set my heart on Your truth. Please transform me into the person You want me to be. Teach me that I might know Your will. Help me become someone who willingly and faithfully lives to fulfill Your plans and purposes.
I surrender this day to You. Please give me the strength to stand firm when I’m tempted to go along with the crowd. Help me to see things in a different way … Your way! That I might live for Your glory and shine the light of Your love.
Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.Colossians 3:2–3,10
Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.
Father, I need Your help. It is said, that You whisper while the world is loud.
It’s true. The noise never stops and much of it is not in line with Your will for me. Father, please help me listen for Your voice. Please give me an eternal perspective … one that looks beyond my circumstances to You and all You have done for me. Help me put Your Kingdom’s priorities into daily practice.
Help me remember that by Your grace my life is safe in Jesus … my salvation is secure. And help me live each day overwhelmed with gratitude for all You have done and continue to do to make me Your own.
So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.2 Corinthians 4:18
Oh Father, Please help me see things in a different way. Help me remember You have angel warriors with me helping me fight my battles. (Luke 4:10) Please prepare for each spiritual battle by equipping me with Your promised armor.
Guard me with Your truth. Grow my faith. Give me Your peace. Fill my heart with Your love and my mind with Your Word.
Help me remember that this life is temporary but that all I have in You lasts forever. Your love gives me a new perspective. Jesus has given me a new way to live. A way that will bless me today, tomorrow, and forever. By Your grace and for Your glory in Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Friend, it’s not easy to see things in a different way.
The world shouts at us and tells us that believing and trusting the words of the Bible is narrow-minded and biased. It wants us to doubt and question looking at life through anything other than our gut-feelings and personal preferences is foolish.
St. Augustine said…
“Right is right even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it.”
So, no matter what “everyone” says or does … I’m asking God to help me see things in a different way.
And I’m praying for you, as well…
I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.Ephsians 1:16b–17
May God bless you with His truth, peace, hope, and wisdom. And may He fill You with His unfailing love that lasts forever.
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