There is a popular story about a young, successful couple who moved into their dream home. Shortly after moving, the wife started to complain to her husband each time he returned from work, that their neighbor always hung dirty laundry on the clothesline. It got to a point that she was so irritated and said, ‘Someone needs to teach that lady how to wash her clothes!’
One Saturday morning, while the couple ate breakfast, the wife looked up and saw her neighbor hanging laundry. But this time, they looked so clean.
‘Wow, someone must have taught her how to wash clothes!‘ She exclaimed.
Without raising his head from his plate, the husband responded, ‘Actually, I got up early this morning and cleaned our window.‘
Do you know that everything and everyone may just take on a new personality because you changed your perspective?
Do you know that your challenges can turn to stepping stones because you looked through a different lens?
Do you know that your friend/spouse/colleague may appear vulnerable and in need of a hug, a kind word or a smile because you threw away the lens of judgement and looked through the lens of love?
Do you know that you can begin to truly heal from all hurt because you have adjusted your lens from the degree of despair to the coordinates of hope?
In addition, social media is a global city where there is no Waste Management Agency. The good, bad, and ugly are created and dumped in the same market square. As your fingers and eyes convey you to social media “city”, let your mind control your route so that you do not return home as a garbage bag full of depressing news, comments of trolls, ungodly ideas and migraine.
Finally, there is a perspective that supersedes that which life has forced you to undergo. That is the perspective of the One who sees you as you should be and not as you are. Choose to see through God’s lens for it is ALWAYS squeaky-clean.
GNT: Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.Proverbs 4:23
KJV: Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
NIV: Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
RSV: Keep your heart with all vigilance; for from it flow the springs of life.
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