Perspective is everything - how we view things, how we see things, how we interpret what we see, and how our experiences influence our perspective are all important.
I am a white, married, heterosexual, Christian, middle-aged mom who works full-time and loves dogs. It's no secret that I'm married to a police officer, too. These facts about my life also become my perspective.
I've had people ask me to champion certain causes in my blog. I respond with, "I write what I know, and I know nothing about that. It's completely outside of my perspective."
I would never be so presumptuous to assume to know what it's like to be gay, or transgender.
I would never want to promote, or oppose homeschooling, because my kids go to public school.
Watching people tear lights off a Christmas tree during a public protest makes me scratch my head in disbelief, because my perspective on the protests come from a very different point of view.
Being on Facebook makes keeping things in perspective really difficult, too.
When I read people's posts that I find insulting in some way, I want to jump on the thread and comment. Things can get ugly that way, so I find myself avoiding Facebook more and more.
I also find myself hiding, unfriending and/or blocking "friends" if things are consistently bad. Pruning is a good thing - it allows for new, healthy growth.
In light of all the madness going on around me, here is how I'm keeping things in perspective this Christmas season:
I am blessed with...
...a loving husband.
...food on the table.
...safe vehicles to commute in.
...air conditioning (not now, but in July, thank goodness!).
...two adorable, albeit noisy, dogs.
...abundance enough to share with others.
...more than one Bible I do not have to hide in order to keep my family safe.
...a church to gather in without threat of being raided merely for gathering.
...the ability to write; to share my faith and my thoughts in order to be an encourager to those around me.
That's my perspective. That's my short list of things I am grateful for.
During these times of mayhem and chaos, it's hard to see the good around us.
We may have differing views, we may have differing opinions, we may have differing lifestyles, but we all want the same things.
We all want love. We all want what's best for our families. We all want a safe place to live. We all want a prosperous nation.
So instead of fighting, or arguing, or dividing our communities, let's reach across the barriers of skin color, race, religion and fear and extend a hand to each other.
Let's give each other an ear for open and calm discussion of real issues and problems. Let's stop being stingy and share our blessings with those in need. Let's love one another as God has loved us, and the world will be a better place.
At least that's my perspective.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The Message (MSG)
13 No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.
2 Timothy 1:7 English Standard Version (ESV)
7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
How do you keep your perspective during the holidays? Do you celebrate Christmas, or something else? What are some of the things you look forward to this time of year?
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