Truth? Or perspective?

me, through the "eyes" of a 7-year-old

Nearly everything--even we--look different from a child's perspective!

It’s time for Five Minute Friday! Today’s topic is “Perspective”.

Ready? Go:

When I was a child, I spake as a child; I understood as a child….

Sometimes it’s all about perspective.

A general trait of children is their tendency to view the world as it relates to themselves. I know I was no different.

I often felt that other people should see things my way just because I saw things my way. Not a very healthy–or helpful–attitude.

Now that I am grown, I have put away childish things–at least, by God’s grace, I try.

Even in children’s ministry, some of the things we need to teach are not popular. But that does not mean we should not respect the perspective that others (children or adults) bring to the topic.

God’s Word is truth. But our perspective on life may be skewed.

We must always respect each other. God’s Word is not a hammer to “beat people over the head”. It is a sword that cleanly divides.

Stop.

~Well, looks like we’re left hanging today! What do you think? How can we respect other people’s perspective on life, yet still stand strong for the truth?

Five Minute Friday | The Gypsy Mama

For a little background on my Five Minute Friday adventure, check out my first Five Minute Friday post, “Real and unashamed”.

If you enjoyed this post, you might also like to see the one that Dianna wrote at diannaauton.com: “5 Minute Friday: Perspective”
or, this one by The Gypsy Mama herself: “Five Minute Friday: Perspective“.


Comments

Truth? Or perspective? — 4 Comments

  1. And therein lies the trickiest part… divide but not break, and cut away the bad without tearing up the good. Thankfully there is one Spirit that can guide us to find the right way – as long as we view things through God’s Words.

    Have a great weekend!

    • Excellent point, Jendi. I am glad you added that! The Holy Spirit is what makes all the difference. Thanks for stopping by–I hope you will come again!

  2. That’s a great perspective to have. I always try to show people how things apply to them, that I can understand their perspective (or at least empathize with them), or how they might benefit from what I’m trying to say. I don’t always succeed, but as long as they are being reasonable, people can generally sense some respect. Of course, it is hard, and not always helpful to respect things that are not good, so I believe it takes some discernment. But, I believe the Lord helps us with that. 🙂

    Thanks for another caring and sensitive post, Sheila. I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more from you.

    God bless.
    Dave

    • Hello, brother!

      I agree with the need for discernment, that’s for sure. I also agree that it is not necessary to respect bad things. It is the person and their God-given right to choose that we must respect–not the sin itself.

      Some things, though, I think are really just a matter of perspective. Maybe they are not good or bad in themselves; or maybe they are just a truth that is difficult to understand. It helps to keep a humble attitude, realizing that it is very possible that we are sometimes the one in the wrong. Would you agree?

      God bless you, too.

      ~Sheila 🙂

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