Filtering Our View

I’m over at The Glorious Table today.

Here’s a Preview:

We all view life through a filter developed over time and shaped by our life experiences, convictions, and beliefs. I spent a lot of last year trying to clean the smudges off my filter. The process hasn’t been easy, and I’m learning to accept that it’s an ongoing discipline. For instance, my past experiences with someone don’t need to define my future with them. Reconciliation has no time limit. Nor does a past wound need to define my present. It’s my choice, however, whether I give someone another chance or keep them at a distance. And one person’s cruel behavior doesn’t need to affect all other relationships.

I don’t always get this right. It feels safer to abide by the rule that says, “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.”

It’s a lot of work to pause and consider someone else’s perspective instead of just plowing full steam ahead with my preferred view of whatever is in front of me. But when I make the effort, something important happens. My filter changes, and I see things a little more through God’s eyes.

In his book The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren begins with one short sentence that frames the entire focus for forty days of readings: It’s not about you. The reader must revisit this simple sentence with each principle Warren presents. It’s the filter to begin the process of answering the question What on earth am I here for?

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