Perfect Perspective

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I haven’t always needed glasses.  I enjoyed perfect vision until I began to drive and then realized I needed a little boost to see faraway objects more clearly.  As each year passed, I grew used to wearing them and now my eyes depend on them daily.

Most of us rely on a tool to either correct our vision or protect our vision.

What a blessing to be able to look through a perfect lens crafted for your specific eye and see the beautiful world around you with clarity.

The lens of an eye is a structure that bends light rays so that they form clear images at the back of the eye on the retina. It can change shape in order to focus on close or distant objects.  If your vision needs correcting, it is the lens that is usually being assisted.

Everything that you observe is filtered through the lens of your eye and then the images are processed in your brain where you associate meaning to those objects. Perception. What you might see as clear, another might see as blurry.  What you see as red, another might see green.  For each of us, our perception is our reality.  

A REFLECTION OF LOVE

After the kids are finally settled in bed for the evening, I usually find myself introspectively reflecting on everything that happened throughout the course of the day.  Tasks accomplished, attitudes of the kids, the state of the house, hours clocked in for work, whether or not I got my devotional time in, the list goes on.  As a perfectionist, I quickly begin to feel upset with myself as I remember poor decisions, missed opportunities, and the never-ending to-do list running through my head that never dwindles no matter my efforts.

Remembering my shortcomings comes naturally and over the years, as my kids have multiplied, apparently so have my shortcomings.

Through the perspective of my perfectionist mind, my reality is blurred with negative thoughts of self.

This perspective, however, does not line up with Scripture.

Romans 8:8 (MSG) powerfully admonishes: “Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God.  Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God.  That person ignores who God is and what He is doing.  And God isn’t pleased at being ignored!”

When I focus on my failures, I ignore what Christ has done for me.  He has renewed and restored me with His precious blood.  He has offered me grace and love.  He has given me a life of freedom.  Freedom from perfection. 

I’m not called to be perfect.  I’m called to love.  

Simply love.  

Love God, love my spouse, love my kids, love others.

THE POWER OF CORRECTION

Focusing on God and truly accepting His gift of grace will allow His love to be reflected through our imperfection. It will also correct our perspective and reshape our reality.  As Christ-followers, we have the power of the Holy Spirit within us. We are able to break free from the bondage of perfectionism. 

“Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life.  Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them – living and breathing God!  Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life.”  Romans 8:5-7 (MSG).

Ask God to give you the gift of perspective.  His perspective.  Look through the lens of His love.  His gentle correction will help you perceive your reality with truth, love, and grace. 

Instead of focusing on your weaknesses, allow the Holy Spirit to transform your heart and mind to boldly stand in your strengths so that you can love and live freely.

Romans 8:9&11 (MSG): “But if God Himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of Him…When God lives and breathes in you (and He does, as surely as He did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life.  With His Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s.”

Remember that you have the living Spirit of God inside you.  The Helper.  He is constant and steadfast and will never leave you.  You are a light, a leader, and the most important thing you are called to do is reflect His love.  When you feel frustrated, tired, and overwhelmed, trust that He will still work in and through you. 

Embrace the beauty of a corrected perspective.

FREEDOM & CLARITY

Choosing to live in the freedom that Christ offers means surrendering your will, your way, your weaknesses and allowing the Holy Spirit to move and guide you each day.

Romans 8:15-16 (MSG): “This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life.  It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike ‘What’s next, Papa?’  God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are.  We know who He is and we know who we are: Father and children.”

You are a daughter of the King.  You have worth.  You have value.  You have something to offer that no one else does.  Be open to the ways that your Father God wants to use you.  Surrender your plans and ask Him what His plan for you is because it may look completely different than what you envision.  

No amount of work or action on your part will change His love for you.  You have nothing to prove.  Simply walk in His freedom, look through the lens of His love daily, and allow His perfect perspective to change you from the inside out.