Throughout the course of my life I can probably count with my hands the amount of times I have traveled on a flight. I am not one that has taken many flights in the course of my life and not because I don’t like it, but because my life has not required me to. I am not a traveling musician, preacher, or have a job that requires me to be on the road, so you can only imagine how nervous I get when I am traveling on a plane. From getting your boarding tickets, luggage check-in & drop off, security, etc. – it all can all be overwhelming and hectic, but once you get beyond those things, the experience of flying never ceases to amaze.
I am currently 40,000 feet in the sky writing this blog and currently overlooking the state of Florida headed to Chicago, and the view could not be more perfect.
As I got on board, one word that has kept ringing in my head is, perspective. What is perspective? Many would say that perspective is the way that a person believes, views, or perceives a certain situation or other matter of life. Many have different perspectives to different causes, beliefs, lifestyles, relationships, etc. but what about the perspective of our lives? This may sound confusing, but let me unpack this thought a bit.
There are certain things in life that people cannot deny that exist and are true – so because of this, our perspectives are all mostly related. I will go very simple here, but for example, we all know we live on earth. We all know that we need air to breath, food to eat and water to survive. There is a common perspective with these things. So when it comes to our lives, faith, God, why are there so many perspectives? Why are there many views or outlooks to the very things in life that we should all hold a common perspective? The very things in life that should remain the same.
We as humans have become so desensitized and confined to the beauty of life, the power of faith and even God himself. We have allowed other outside factors (news, social media, groups, friends) to dictate our true perspective of life. We have almost become puppets to our culture and society and have allowed these things to distort our perspective of ourselves, our purpose, and our God. If I can paint you a picture, it is like putting glasses meant for a 20/100 eyesight, to a person with 20/20 vision. The person with 20/20 vision will have a very distorted view. Many of our perspectives of life, faith, and God have totally shifted.
There is something about flying that restructures my perspective and makes me realize, that life is beyond me. As I look 40,000 feet in the sky, everything below looks so small. Everything has a different perspective. We get so confined to our own world, which involves family, career, ministry, education, etc. that our perspective gets shrunk on to those things. What do I mean by that? What I mean is that, we start to develop tunnel vision and all we see is our own world. Our focus becomes, OUR family, OUR career, OUR education, OUR ministry, but we fail to realize that there is so much more!
In no way, shape or form am I discrediting all of these things I have listed, or I am making it out to seem as though things are not important, but if our perspective of life only lies within these things, aren’t we limiting our lives?
Have you ever thought to yourself, Is there more to life? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see our lives through God's eyes? To see life through God's perspective? Psalms 119:18 says, "Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things..."
Our perception will dictate our course of action and decisions that we make in our lives. Our perception, view and outlook will dictate our level of belief and faith. Our perception will dictate how beyond us life really is.
As I look through my window, I see the very same clouds that overlook me every day, and I am convinced today more than ever that there is more to life than what I will ever know.
The right perspective comes in the right altitude, and I don’t mean just physically but spiritually as well. For some people it might take climbing the highest mountain top and overlooking the beauty of all the land that surrounds them. For others, it might take riding a plane and hovering above the white clouds and overlooking the vast oceans that surrounds them. Even for others it might be helping someone less fortunate that is surrounding them and for others it might take getting on their knees. Whatever it might be God will showcase His perspective of our lives, to us - when He does, it will change our perspective of ourselves, the meaning of our life, and most importantly, the perspective of our great God.
I desperately desire God’s perspective. I long to look beyond myself and my world and truly see with the eyes of God. When I can gain His perspective, I can gain true meaning and purpose.