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Learning To See Things Differently

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been meeting with a group of high school school girls for breakfast, prayer, and coffee.

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The gathering started as an idea, which led to an invite, and has slowly blossomed into a fruitful time for all of us. Selfishly, I’m convinced I am learning more about my faith and benefiting more from the group time than they are. However, they may see the free breakfast and unlimited access to our coffee selection as an equal gain.

The takeaway from our time together has compelled me to share it with you all. I hope that you take a moment to reflect on your current vantage point. Simply take an inventory of the way you see things.

I’m asking you to take a look at your success, your situation, and your current standing in life. Is your vantage point stuck at your eye level or is it as limitless as the view at which God sees you?

This intentional time together has created an opportunity for each of us to reflect, relate, and reimagine what we are capable of. Slowly through the power of this small community, we are seeing ourselves through different eyes.

The view of our path, our success, or our standing in life is always changing. In their current cases, it’s making the team. It’s digging deeper into faith. It’s avoiding the temptation of wanting to be loved by the wrong person.

Our time is filled with affirmations and prayer circles that help us see differently as we walk through the rest of our week.

Do you have people in your life that are helping you to see things differently?

Slowly but surely, when we come together, we aren’t only seeing at our eye level.

We are seeing ourselves from the vantage point of others who believe in us.

We are seeing ourselves from the vantage point of others who BELIEVE.

We are seeing each other from the vantage point of the God who created us.

Come to find out, He created ALL OF US to be more than we can see with our human eye. Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God, He created them; male and female He created them.”

As an infant, our eyesight is slowly still developing once we exit the womb. We don’t pop out with 20/20. (And if you are like me, you may depend on glasses or contacts to help you see.)

The point is, it takes time for things to become more clear. Though we are made in God’s image, we are still human beings. That long 6 weeks where our babies’ eyes are glazed over and unfocused, paired with the sleepless nights, can seem like a trip through a relentless wilderness.

Finally, the day comes when your baby makes eye contact or follows the rattle you move from side to side. Victory, they can see!

New parents learn quickly that there are many corners of the coffee table, cups of spilled juice, and obstacles up ahead that their limited vantage point doesn’t allow them to see.

In the toddlers’ case, they are clumsy, short-tempered, and moving too quickly to care about where they are going. Their dependency is on the parents to help them see the things they can’t and protect them. This is simply instinct.

I’m convinced as we grow in age, our instinctual need for outside perspective doesn’t change. Though it may not be our parents anymore, we still have this deep-rooted dependence on others to help reveal the potential within you and me.

We may spill less juice, our short-tempered tantrums may not be as outward-facing, though our ability to see beyond our own vantage point may be just as challenging.

Through mentorship, spiritual counseling, and simply talking with others who have my best interest; my vantage point is expanding.

As the confidence and courage build within our small group, my faith in seeing God’s image within myself and others is increasing.

Would it be fair for me to guess that God sees more potential for your life than you’ve allowed yourself to see?

For the confident ones, the ones who are convinced they can see clearly, your mission is only just beginning. For with great power comes great responsibility. To recognize the potential of others and to see the image of God in a work someone is doing; that my friends, is a gift that will keep on giving.

May you find time this week to consider your vantage point and the lens from which you see. I challenge you to trust that God has a much bigger scope of vision for you and me.

Passing along my love, hope, and peace. Till next time.

Local Pulse Staff Writer & Holy Moments Columnist, Makenna Curtis