The other day I stood in front of the open refrigerator searching high and low for the mustard. After about twenty-seconds of unsuccessful rummaging I thought to myself, “Where the heck did someone put it?” (even though the truth is I’m am probably the last one to use it). I thought, “It shouldn’t be this hard to find a bright yellow mustard jar!” Exasperated, I finally called out to my wife, “Honey, whereeeeeee’s the mustard?” I felt pretty silly when she walked over and instantly pointed to the jar in plain sight right in front of me. “Wow, how did I not see it!
Our perspective can oftentimes cause us to see things wrongly. It is like a window through which we view the world. There are many things that can color and distort our perspective, like dust and grime on the windowpane. Life experiences, personalities, temperaments, and even gifts and callings influence the way we “see” things, which in turn influences the way we think.
Abraham Lincoln captured the essence of “perspective” when he said, “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” The way we see the plant and what we focus on is the result of our perspective, our personal biases. Many times we see what we want to see, and similarly, we don’t see what we don’t want to see.
The genuine truth seeker needs to work to view things from many different angles, always attempting to uncover their personal biases. God tells us there is safety in a multitude of counselors.” That is why, like a pair of eyeglasses to a nearsighted man, the honesty of friends can help us to see more clearly. Remember, your perspective is “yours,” and that means you can change it.