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Kathy's Faith Walk has her assessing her perspective of people

The world is a very harsh place. Just today I read that since the people of Egypt deposed Mr. Mubarak things have not gotten better as they had hoped. Yemen is facing a crisis in the absence of a strong leader and Brazil is soon to become the cocaine production capital of the world. Israel is thinking of attacking Iran. 

The list of crises goes on and a terrible list it is. However, perspective changes everything. When I was a kid I did not know much beyond the realm of Sandpoint. I grew older and one day came to understand that China was not, in fact, on the back side of Baldy Mountain. This was when my perspective of distance began to change. My perspective on social issues began to change in college and family issue interpretation took on a whole new dimension when I got married. Holy cow!

In college they constantly talked about something referred to as “(our) frame of reference.” It is that upbringing you and I have which determines how we perceive everything—music, art, customs of other people groups, churches, the government—everything. It is the yardstick we personally use to measure, to grade, to value everything else by. It is usually self based and can get us a good verbal thrashing should we at some point offer up an ignorant observation. As time goes on the question becomes: do we keep our frame of reference constant or do we trade it in for a little more mature perspective? 

I knew from reading the Bible that God’s perspective of people and circumstances was opposed my own—it wasn’t based on me. I wanted to grow in my relationship with God and to do that I understood that my viewpoint had to change.

John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him will not die but have everlasting life.” Jesus also tells us that to know Him is to have everlasting life. This is important because if we believe it, it changes our perspective on everything. If I understand that God loved (people) so much that He would die for them to save them and open up a way to have relationship with them, then they must be very important to Him.

I continued reading what the Bible had to say about God’s character and I discovered that if I love God I will also love the thing he loves—people. My love for them comes from Him and is reflected back to Him bringing Glory to His name—the thing He values most. My consideration of His creation in the light of His perspective frees me to ignore circumstances and see the human being within. Awesome!

The world is a harsh place. It is full of people doing bad things and God loves every single one of them. I cannot change circumstances. That is God’s realm. But I can change my perspective within them to match His: love the people. Take care of them and make sure they know that God loves them and seeks relationship with them. This is a good frame of reference to have in a dark world. 

Have you allowed God to change your perspective? He loves you and awaits your invitation.

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Kathy Osborne Kathy Osborne is the editor of the Co Op Country Store's newspaper, the Co Op Round-Up. In her spare time she checks in on her three grown children, or listens to her husband play music.

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