This is one of the most difficult disciplines to develop. And possibly the only thing more difficult may be not losing it once you get it. What I am talking about is PERSPECTIVE. It can be elusive and confusion. We could probably name a multitude of reason for this, but without perspective we will become victims of our own biases.
The cross of Calvary forces us to see the world not from the ground looking into heaven, but from heaven down. We are forced to see what God thinks about sin and the lengths to which God has gone to provide a means of redemption. This is the power of perspective, it changes not only what we see, but more importantly, how we see it. And this is the true value of having a good perspective, we are given safeguards against any temptation to take ourselves too seriously.
One of my favorite “kid” movies is Ratatouille. It is the story of a rat that dreams of being a chef. Over the course of the movie, Remy, discovers his passion and risks everything to achieve it. As the movie draws to a close, Remy faces his greatest challenge, a food critic by the name of Anton Ego. Anton believes that he knows what “good food” is. He goes so far as to claim that if the food is not good he does not swallow! (A rather funny line.)
The reason I bring this up is because in the final showdown, Anton provides an interesting illustration of what perspective is. The irony is that he thought he knew what it was until his was changed! I have linked to clip of this scene below.
I will conclude by saying, work to know and understand God’s perspective. When we do we will better off because we will see the world and our lives from God’s vantage point.