From My Point of View

One thing I have been challenged by lately is how misguided our "view" of situations can be.  We think we see things so clearly, but there is a fatal flaw in our logic.  Things seen from our perspective are very often subjective and seen through a selfish point of view and without all the facts.  Whether you are reacting to a situation where you felt you were treated unfairly or you're making a decision that will impact you and possibly your family and friends in the future, we have to use caution in just how much weight we put into our "view" of things. 

I'm reading a wonderful book "The Best Yes" by Lysa TerKeurst and a passage I read this morning jumped out at me. Based off of Philippians 1:9-10 which states "And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ." she says:

The definition of intuition is a perception of truth independent of any reasoning process. It’s based on a gut feeling. But we must be careful just simply going with our gut if we haven’t checked it against truth-based knowledge and insight.
— Lysa TerKeurst

When we rush around in a busy world, caught up in our agendas and to-do lists, it is so easy to make those rash decisions and reactions based on our view of things. It takes an awful lot of prayerful thought, discipline and self control to take a step or two back from our view first and see things through the eyes of the Holy Spirit. But as soon as we do, some beautiful things start to fill in the gaps. Things like empathy, servitude, humbleness, gentleness, and wisdom. Shifting our viewpoint from that of our own to one seen through the eyes of the Spirit helps us remember that none of this is about me. It's about praising God and blessing others, all the timewhether that means with how we use our time, to our perspective of mundane daily chores, or how we react to someone in a stressful situation.  Our view says, but it's not fair.  God's view says, how can I bless them.  Only one brings about peace.

So what is your view going to be today?