Perspective really matters.
My daughter and I are driving to Indiana today for a college visit. As we drove through Pennsylvania, we were struck by the changes in the trees as the highway wound higher and higher in the mountains. It being winter, you missed out on the different kinds of trees present, but you couldn't miss the way ice had coated the trees in the higher elevations. The entire mountainside had been covered by a liquid paper. browns were replaced by grey, greens were now silver. The world was monochrome. It didn't take long for us to become amazed with the beauty of things in this new world. As we moved back toward the valley, things became more naturally colored, but we had a new perspective of just how beautiful they could be.
It's been said that "perspective changes everything", that's wrong. Perspective is the way we see something; the angle of observation or the filter through which we see. So perspective in and of itself doesn't do anything, changing it doesn't change anything either, but it does help you see what needs to be changed. When you get a fresh perspective on things, you see a situation with "fresh eyes". But changing your perspective, seeing things differently, does help you see what needs to be changed.
Lent is a great time to get a new perspective; to push back from 'normal' and develop a spiritual focus in order to see things -to see our lives - as God sees them.
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