Aug. 27, 2016

Vantage Point

Psalm 119:18a, “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things…”

I remember taking eye tests as a child in elementary school. As I stood patiently in line awaiting my turn, I could easily see the eye chart and listened to those ahead of me announcing each letter. I also remember thinking, “That’s not what the chart says!”

You see, I didn’t need glasses until my 9th grade year. So for me, the eye test was a cinch. Yet, the test was challenging for those whose eyesight needed correcting. I am glad I never asked my friends why they were reading the letters incorrectly. I am glad that I simply waited for my turn at the chart.

When I was small, my dad took his glasses off putting them on the end table near his recliner. I strolled right by and picked up the glasses putting them on my face. I don’t know who reacted more quickly – my dad or me! He wanted his glasses back before I broke or bent them and I wanted them off my face! Considering I didn’t need glasses and certainly didn’t need his lens prescription, his glasses made my world look very blurry.

We see what we see through the eyes we’ve been given. This statement is true both in how we see things and why we see things the way we see them. Should I repeat that last sentence? Let me clarify: physically and emotionally we see things differently because our vision comes from individual sets of eyes.

Out of love and respect, I didn’t make fun of my friends in the elementary school eye test line. In similar fashion, I should not belittle or harass those around me simply because they aren’t seeing what I am seeing OR they see something differently than how I choose to look at it.

The interesting thing between our viewpoint and a vantage point is height and depth. A viewpoint allows us to look at something with our own eyes. A vantage point is broader. A vantage point allows a better view, an advantageous view, and a larger portion of the picture.

Many of us go through life only wanting to see our view and only our view. Others of us understand that views differ often because of the vantage point in which something is examined. Some of us examine by asking ourselves, “How will this affect me?” While others question, “How will this affect everyone?” The bottom line is we should be just as loving and respectful in those times we disagree, as we are in those times we agree wholeheartedly.

 “Father, the hardest part of human relationships is learning how to communicate. Father, teach us to be less judging and stop the condemnation. If we are Your children, neither has any place in our hearts, minds or lives. Lord Jesus, teach us to love others and step gently on the souls of men. Amen.”