When I was about twelve years old, I had an appointment with an optometrist. I didn’t think there was anything wrong with my eyes, but a teacher must have noticed me squinting and recommended my vision be tested.
A week or so later, I went back to collect my new glasses.
I was amazed when I put them on.
I could see.
Where everything had once been fuzzy and blurred, now details stood out, sharp and defined.
I could see power lines.
I could read license plates and street signs.
I could distinguish each individual leaf on every tree.
I kept my face pressed to the car window for the whole ride home. “Is this how everyone else sees?” I asked my mother again and again. I couldn’t get over it. How could I not have known how blind I was?
My whole perspective of the world had changed.
Something similar happens to us when we get born again.
Our view of the world changes.
We embrace the idea that there’s more to life than what our physical eyes can see.
We realise there’s a spiritual dimension that perhaps we hadn’t recognised before.
We start to understand the concept of eternity—though it certainly continues to cause us some mind-boggling moments!
We have a new perspective.
I believe this new perspective is crucial to the joy we experience as a believer.
And sometimes—in the trials and difficulties that come into all of our lives—it can become easy to lose sight of this new way of thinking which then leads to the diminishing of our joy.
How do we regain our perspective?
That dilemma is what I tackle in my first message of the series: A Recipe for Joy ~ Perspective
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I’d love to hear your thoughts on how you regain your perspective.