The thing about a change of view is it doesn’t have to change your perspective (though it certainly can). But rather, it should expand your perspective.
I appreciate this fact with the simple pleasure of two of God’s greatest works of art: sunrises and sunsets.
My family and I moved into a different home last week. Besides the address, zip code, and floor plan, something else changed – literally the direction of our view. In fact, a 180-degree difference! You see, our old house was on the top of a hill and had a western view of the most beautiful, God-inspired sunsets. It was one of my favorite parts of where we lived. Conversely, our new house is also on a hill, but now has an eastern view, which gives us sunrises that rival any exotic destination.
This change of view did not change my outlook on life or present a challenge in my perspective on the beauty of God’s creation, but it did open my mind to appreciate how the God of light both begins and ends the day with one-of-a-kind strokes of artistic brilliance on a sky canvas.
My literal change of view did not change my perspective, but it expanded my thought process as to the particular subject matter, in this case – a change of direction. Throughout the span of our lives, we will be presented with many changes of direction that will alter our viewpoints and challenge our mindset. Will you let it serve as amplification for perspective or suffocation of growth?
Oh, and speaking of lights from above, we will face change in every direction. One thing that does not change? The Artist himself.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
– James 1:17
Trey Campbell, firstname.lastname@example.org
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