3 Facts about Perspective that can improve our lives
Our perception of how we see every aspect of life impacts the way that we live our life. Perception is defined as “the ability to see, hear or become aware of something through the senses.” How we perceive ourselves, people, God, and all of life impacts the way that we live and impact people. Click To TweetIt shows in how we influence others. It all begins in our thoughts. This is why we need to be careful with every thought.
I remember one of my favorite speakers Creflo Dollar once saying that “we capture thoughts with words.” He went on to say that when we speak out loud, our thoughts stop. Think about something right now. Now say something out loud. Did those thoughts leave the moment you spoke a word?
So how do we know that what we perceive is true? and how do we perceive the correct thoughts?
There is so much power in what we think and what we speak out loud. Eventually, what we think- we speak and what we speak is what we do. It’s crazy to me that we live in a world where we think and say awful, careless things to other people. We think they are true, helpful and are going to change people but what they end up doing is damaging and repelling people.
Facts about Perspective #1:
Perspective gives us direction
I believe we were made with feelings to help us discern good and bad intentions, words, thoughts and actions. Contrary to what some people may think, our feelings can help give us direction. The key to this is using our feelings correctly.
Our logic is another great source of direction. It allows us to think entirely through our feelings before we make choices that could make a big impact- good or bad.
Was there ever a time in your life where you had a gut feeling about something that you couldn’t shake? You may have weighed the pros and cons of the situation seeing that there were actually more pros then cons, only to realize that your gut was telling you to get as far away from the situation as possible.
I believe God is good and that he protects us. He made us purposefully with feelings and logic. They each have a part to play and can help us make healthy decisions.
Both logic and feelings help us to see the full picture. The requirement is that we settle into what is true feelings and logic. Where we get our truth will determine the direction we go.
Facts about Perspective #2:
Perspective allows us to see truth
Not all perspective is true but being open to perspective allows us to go looking for the truth. What is your source of truth? How did you arrive there? Did you do lots of digging before arriving at that place of truth?
For me, I like to bring it back to the beginning. When God created us, he had purpose and a good plan laid out for us. The human perspective shifted the moment Adam and Eve were not walking with God and decided to listen to the evil serpent. Satan gave a half truth. He said “once you eat of the fruit your eyes will be open and you will be like God.”
This of course caused a discourse for the plan God had set out for our lives. Our perspective got skewed the moment we believed the lie of the one seeking harm. Now we often look to ourselves for the right answers in life, rather than the one that created life- a loving God.
Now I know some of you may not entirely agree with me and you may have a different truth. That’s okay. The point I want to make is that you will believe something and it will determine your perspective of how you see yourself, people and the world.
For that reason what you settle as truth will give your life a course. When you find truth, it will give your life meaning and will connect you with others.
Facts about Perspective #3:
Having open perspective gives us alignment
Even if your perspectives are different we can still align with people. A speaker recently said “we don’t have to agree, we just need to align.” I think that is such a simple yet profound truth. We wont all have the same perspective but when we open ourselves to listen and seek to understand in another perspective, we show humility and respect. This will give alignment in a relationship despite the differences of perspective.
Alignment means that it’s where it is suppose to be. There is order. Positions may be different and that is okay. Agreeing doesn’t always happen because we all have different opinions. Alignment can always happen because we value the other person and where they stand despite difference. We resolve to let a person trump an opinion.
Whatever your perspective is on any important matter, don’t dismiss an opinion. More importantly, don’t dismiss a person. Challenge, encourage, and uplift one another.
Be blessed & bless others,