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Perspective

Perspective is not what we see, but the way we see it.

[Kent Crockett, I Once Was Blind, But Now I Squint, Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2004, 14]



Your Concept of God

Everything we do for God is based upon our concept of God. (Kent Crockett, Making Today Count for Eternity, Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2001, p. 60)

Discouraging the Union Army

          During the Civil War, General Robert E. Lee had a shortage of soldiers. His army could be devastated if the Union army discovered this weakness. Since he could not increase the number of soldiers, he decided he could make his army look larger than it actually was.

          He loaded troops on trains and transported them to different places. At every train station, the same Confederate soldiers were unloaded from the trains. It appeared that new troops were being transported in to be added to the Rebel army.

          The Union forces became confused and afraid because they believed the South had a much larger army than they actually had. General Lee hadn't made his army any larger or more powerful. He was simply using a psychological tactic to discourage the Union army. And it worked. (Kent Crockett, The 911 Handbook, Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2003, 76)

          Satan tries to make our problems look bigger than they really are, trying to discourage us.



The Way We See It

Perspective is not what we see, but the way we see it.

(Kent Crockett, I Once Was Blind, But Now I Squint, Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2004, 14)



If You Want the Rainbow

"The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain." --Dolly Parton
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Unable to See Blessings

Cursed is the person who is surrounded by blessings but is unable to see them.

(Kent Crockett, I Once Was Blind But Now I Squint, Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2004, 159)



Father of the Fatherless

Karen’s alcoholic and abusive father abandoned his family when she was two years old. Every Father’s Day her mother made her write a card to the father she never knew. Her father never responded. Although Karen’s father never accepted her, she found a different way to fill the void. She learned at church that God could be her father.

Whenever she went out to play on her roller skates, she yelled, “Hey, God! Look at me!” She felt a special awareness of His presence, as if God were smiling from heaven. Rather than focusing her attention on the man who abandoned her, she directed her affection toward God, who is a father to the fatherless (Ps. 68:5). Although she never received approval from her earthly father, Karen found security through her Heavenly Father.

[Kent Crockett, I Once Was Blind, But Now I Squint, Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2004, 50]



The Silver or Bronze Medal?

If you could win an Olympic medal, which would you prefer—the silver or the bronze?

A study of Olympic medal winners produced some unexpected results. Most people would assume the silver medal winners would be happier than the bronze medalists since they received a higher honor, but that wasn’t the case. The bronze medalists, who came in third place, were found to be happier than the silver medalists, who finished in second place.

The former Olympians explained how they felt about their medals. The third-place winners were thrilled just to have won a medal. The silver medalists, on the other hand, felt like losers because they didn’t come in first place.

What happens to you is not nearly as important as how you perceive what happens to you.

(Kent Crockett, I Once Was Blind But Now I Squint, Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2004, 1-2)




The Right Perspective

For centuries, people believed the sun revolved around the earth. They had proof—the sun rose in the east and set in the west. And it looked so small compared to our planet. Scientists balked when Nicolaus Copernicus suggested the earth revolved around the sun. It never occurred to them that they might be seeing with the wrong perspective.

Truth prevailed. People corrected their perspectives to line up with the facts.

Some people today actually believe the world revolves around them. They see themselves as the center of the universe and bristle when God’s Word suggests otherwise.

How do you know when you’re seeing with the right perspective?

You’ll know when your life revolves around the Son.

(Kent Crockett, I Once Was Blind But Now I Squint, Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2004, 145)

 



A Closer Perspective

"Thanks to the invention of the telescope, planets that are 100 billion miles away look to be only 50 billion miles away." -- John Wagner


Another Vantage Point

You are sitting in your living room watching a football game on television. The referee throws a penalty flag against your team. You yell, “Hey ref! Are you blind? That wasn’t a penalty!” You know he made an incorrect call because you watched the play from your point of view.

Then the camera shows a replay from a different angle. When you view the play from another vantage point, you discover that the referee actually did make the correct call. You were mistaken because you couldn’t see the entire picture from your limited perspective.

            To get the right perspective in life, we need to view our circumstances from heaven’s point of view. If we will look at our situation from God’s perspective, we’ll interpret what happens to us in a different light.

(Kent Crockett, I Once Was Blind But Now I Squint, Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2004, 147)



I Hate Bees!

          A little boy was playing outside and was stung by a bee.  He went into his house crying and said to his mother, "I hate bees! I wish God had never made them." The mother eased his pain, then sat him down at the table and gave him some toast and honey.

          The little boy said, "This is great!"

          "You really do like honey, don't you?" the mother responded,

          "Like it?" the little boy replied, "I love it!"

          The mother then said, "The same bee that stings also produces the honey you are enjoying right now."

          Her son thought for a minute and said, "I never realized there was a good side to that bee!"

          We can view a bee as an enemy that stings or as a friend that produces honey.  And that's the way it is with everything in life.  We can choose to look at the plus side in every situation, or we can choose to look at the minus side.  The difference will be one of living a life of depression or a life of rejoicing. (Kent Crockett, The 911 Handbook, Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2003, 83-84)



If you could win an Olympic medal, which would you prefer—the silver or the bronze?

If you could win an Olympic medal, which would you prefer—the silver or the bronze?

A study of Olympic medal winners produced some unexpected results. Most people would assume the silver medal winners would be happier than the bronze medalists since they received a higher honor, but that wasn’t the case. The bronze medalists, who came in third place, were found to be happier than the silver medalists, who finished in second place.

The former Olympians explained how they felt about their medals. The third-place winners were thrilled just to have won a medal. The silver medalists, on the other hand, felt like losers because they didn’t come in first place.

What happens to you is not nearly as important as how you perceive what happens to you.

[Kent Crockett, I Once Was Blind, But Now I Squint, Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2004, 1-2]



Cross Reference:

The Pessimist Who Found Money

The Dirty Windshield

Blind Eye to the Telescope

It Is Your Choice

A Miserable Millionaire

Feeling Good

The Way Pessimists See Things

Man_s Rejection Can Be God_s Direction

How Much is a Homeless Man Worth?

Imagining the Opposition

How the World Views Christians


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