The Importance of Perspective

Welcome!  What a beautiful day it’s been.  The sun is peaking through right now, but while eating lunch, snow flakes poured from dense clouds just outside. Beautiful!

I’ve thought much about what I’d like to bring to the table this week.  If you ever have a conversation you’d like us to share in, please speak up!  Discussions with friends can never go just one way, you know.  I think that’s called “self-centered”. 🙂

As we welcomed 2017, I happened to be enjoying the book “If You Find This Letter” by Hannah Brencher.  In it, she mentioned the concept of choosing a “word” for the year.  I thought, “What an interesting idea!” and read on. Later the same day, I read two blogs focusing on the New Year, and each mentioned the same thing!  I began to wonder, “Lord, are you wanting me to do the same?”

As this idea incubated, I reasoned, “The area God has most focused on the last few months has been in regards to being less fearful, more brave.  Aha, ‘brave’ must be the word!” However, the Holy Spirit checked me, and I sensed “no, wait”.

A couple of days later, as I read, the word “perspective” jumped off the page!  “Is this the word?”  “Yes”, I sensed my Lord reply.  I was a bit surprised, as it wasn’t what I would have chosen, but as I mused, I began to understand.

In order to make sense of our world, perspective is required.

Even “bravery” requires perspective, during trials, in order to truly be brave.

Merriam-Webster defines “perspective” as:

  1. 1a :  the technique or process of representing on a plane or curved surface the spatial relation of objects as they might appear to the eye; specifically :  representation in a drawing or painting of parallel lines as converging in order to give the illusion of depth and distanceb :  a picture in perspective

  2. 2a :  the interrelation in which a subject or its parts are mentally viewed perspective>; also :  point of viewb :  the capacity to view things in their true relations or relative importance perspective>

  3. 3a :  a visible scene; especially :  one giving a distinctive impression of distance :  vistab :  a mental view or prospect perspective on the international scene — Current Biog.>

  4. 4:  the appearance to the eye of objects in respect to their relative distance and positions

It also adds a history of perspective in art which works well in our discussion:

“To the modern mind, it’s hard to believe that perspective had to be “discovered”, but before the 1400s paintings simply lacked accurate perspective. Instead, important people and objects were simply shown larger than less important ones; and although distant objects were sometimes shown smaller than near ones, this wasn’t done in a regular and accurate way. Just as odd, many paintings didn’t represent the other meaning of perspective either—that is, a scene might not be shown as if it were being seen from one single place. Today, perspective is used much like standpoint. Just as standpoint once used to mean simply the physical place where you stand but today also means the way you “see” things as a result of who you are and what you do, the same could be said about perspective.

Does this pique your interest?  I look forward to your thoughts.

Let’s continue tomorrow… Have a wonderful evening!

With love,

Robin ❤