Sunday, March 1, 2015

Kaleidoscope

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus,
Philippians 2:5-6 NKJV

Kaleidoscopes are fascinating little toys. These small fragments of colored glass or plastic can evolve into millions of shapes with the tiniest turn or flick of the wrist. If you don’t like the image you see, you can change it instantly. There’s an endless variety of patterns from which to choose.

It’s quite amazing how two people can look at the same pattern and see totally different pictures. Have you ever sat outside on a lazy, summer day, watching the clouds drift by?  It’s always fun to see the variety of shapes and images in the clouds, but you must capture the moment because those clouds are moving quickly and never stay in the same place for long at a time. Still, everyone sees something different. It’s all in your perspective, which is produced by your background, your experiences, and your DNA. Your values, thinking, and emotions also play an important role.          

Our life is much like a kaleidoscope. Things around us are ever-shifting and changing—things like thoughts, ideas, and technology. And what about values, information, and education?  Even fashion, weight-loss plans, and food fads come and go like a flash. It’s been said that the only thing constant in life is change. So, how do we deal with change?  Do we plant our feet firmly, dig in our heels and refuse to move forward, or do we get blown around from here to there with every variation?

The truth is this: we must learn to see things as God sees them—from His perspective. The Bible tells us that we have the mind of Christ. That means we should have the same attitude and purpose (mind-set) as our Lord Jesus.

When we make a decision to see things as our Lord sees them, we are actually making a decision to agree with Him, to say what He says, and to allow His thoughts to be in us. We will then begin to have a God-perspective on everything. If we need clarity and our vision is a little blurred, the Holy Spirit will shift the kaleidoscope just enough so we can see and understand. He will bring things clearly into focus.

I invite you to make this your prayer: Lord, give me eyes to see, ears to hear and a heart to understand your ways, your heart and your truth.

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Our life is like a kaleidoscope. via @AndreaMerrell (Click to Tweet.)

Get a new perspective on life by shifting the kaleidoscope. via @AndreaMerrell (Click to Tweet.)