It’s All About Perspective

Lately I have submitted a lot of queries for a variety of writing assignments which my publicist has given me: new year resolutions in regards to faith, how to maintain a mental health, how to deal with stresses, etc. Everything seems to depend on one’s perspective when you look at any of these topics.

In layman’s terms, perspective just deals with how we look at things. Those who say the glass is half full are considered positive thinkers, whereas those who say the glass is half empty are considered pessimists. Why don’t we just look at a glass whether it is half full or a quarter full and recognize its intrinsic value? “Thank you, Lord, for providing me with water to quench my thirst!”

Imagine the exhaustion you feel following a strenuous task or exercise…dry mouth…heart pounding, etc. If you were given two options, no water or some water, what would you choose? I’m pretty sure you would choose some water.

My point is, perspective is critical. God sees things from an entirely different timeline than we do and He also recognizes value in things that seem to have no value. I write and speak a lot on the topic of adversity and adversity is something that we hesitate to embrace. Yet if we focus on the strength and courage we can glean instead of the discomfort adversity causes, we have changed our perspective. I challenge you today, whatever you are facing, try to look at it from God’s standpoint. Perspective can make all the difference.

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2 Responses to It’s All About Perspective

  1. Rosemary Moore says:

    Thank you, Laurie, for lifting us up and letting us see our situation from a God’s eye view.
    We are quick to use clichés, as in your half-full/half-empty description. When we do, we pigeonhole our narrative. No wonder we can’t free ourselves and move forward with God’s grace. John 1:14 tells us, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” Our words matter from God’s perspective.

    • Tonya Heatherly says:

      Hi Laurie,
      I didn’t know you had this blog. I went through and read them all and even read 2 of them to my husband before he went to sleep. I have the laptop in bed with me… I know you know my story about losing my beautiful daughter Jaela in a car crash right before Thanksgiving. Eventhough I still cry every day and sometimes I feel like I can’t keep going, something always happens to pull me back up, to dry my tears. It is the hand of GOD! I was not close to God before her accident, but now we talk morning noon and night about everything, I pray for others and my mom has came back to him also. Infact most of my large extended family have became close to him again. No I was not ready for her to leave us at seventeen right before graduation. But I do not ask him why… I feel like he has let me know why in several ways. One way was to save my family so that many would come to him. Another is that he could not let her suffer what she was instore for if she would have lived. So today I tell you my glass is half full, because I can see the positive in this negative situation. I love you and your beautiful voice and your amazing story of your life. love Tonya

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