Perspective is everything. It can determine what kind of day we have. It can set the precedent for how we interact with others. It can hold us back or push us forward. It can make us glass-half-full or glass-half-empty people. The way we perceive things is a big deal. How we see what we see is so important.
Our view on things is never the full truth. It is a half-truth, colored by our experiences and our prejudices and our feelings. And many times, someone else will see something completely different because of their experiences and their prejudices and their feelings. This is where wars are started, where arguments happen, where divisions break through. Because we’re not seeing clearly. We’re not looking through with good eyes. How we see what we see is so important.
And to see what is right and good and pure, we need good eyes.
Eyes that see Jesus. Eyes that see Love. Eyes that see Grace. Eyes that see Truth. Eyes that see Victory.
Luke 11: 34-35 (MSG translation) reads, “Your eye is a lamp, lighting up your whole body. If you live wide-eyed in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar.”
Perspective matters. It matters now, and it mattered when Jesus walked the Earth. We need good eyes. We need strong eyes. We need to see things from a perspective of wonder and joy and love, not from a perspective of greed and hatred and motive. Only then can we see what God has in store for us. Only then can we see the light that is everywhere, permeating the Darkness. Only then can we see the battle that our God is fighting for us. Only then can we see the cross that needs to be picked up and carried.
We will only be able to see God’s goodness in full when we open our eyes and our hearts and look at the world with the right lens. Let Jesus be our lens and our perspective. Let Him be what we choose to seek out. Let our lives be filled with the kind of Light that only He can show us. Let us have good eyes.