Life At Its Best: It's all about perspective
By Jim Graff
June 27, 2014 at 1:27 a.m.
Perspective is a big word that carries a lot of weight. It determines the way we process and respond to situations. It influences the results we get. And although it can change quickly, it rarely changes easily.
In the Gospel of John, we learn about a time when Jesus changed someone's perspective. He and his disciples encountered a man who had been blind from birth. When Jesus saw him, he stopped, gathered dirt from the ground, spat in it and placed it on the man's eyes. He then commanded him to wash in the waters of Siloam. Scripture tells us the man, "went, washed and came home seeing."
Jesus performed an amazing miracle that day. But have you ever wondered why Jesus healed him the way He did? (I personally could've bypassed the saliva.) He could've performed the miracle however He wanted.
If you really study the story, you'll see that there was purpose behind the process He chose. He used two symbols to communicate two truths that'll help us - like that man - begin to see life from His perspective.
The first symbol was putting mud on the man's eyes. In that time, mud was seen as a medicinal substance. They would put mud on someone's eyes to create irritation, which caused the eye to water. The water produced from the irritation was believed to moisten the eye and enable clear vision.
Through this, Jesus was illustrating that in order to get the blessed life that comes from adopting His perspective, we must become irritated with our current situation. How do we respond when our marriage is struggling, career is failing or kids are straying from God? With apathy, complacency or helplessness?
Those perspectives will only lead us to settle for less than God's best. Instead, we must choose to respond in irritation. We must become so tired of how the enemy is affecting our lives that we're willing to make difficult, lasting changes.
If we're not irritated, it's often because we're unaware of how much God wants to bless us. I promise, if you'll study His Word, you'll discover the promises that will make your heart yearn for something better.
The second symbol was given when Jesus asked the man to wash in the water. The water in this story represents the word of God. Just as the blind man had to wash himself in the water before he could see life from Jesus' perspective, we must drench ourselves in God's word in order to see life as He does.
That's why our daily Bible reading is so important. God has already given us all the truth we need to transform our situation, but we must consistently take time to study it. We must learn and apply His principles. When we do, we'll begin to see that no situation is unsolvable. No person is unchangeable. It just takes the proper perspective to see it.
Jim Graff is the senior pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria. Visit faithfamilyvictoria.com.