3 Keys to Positive Perspective

BirdcageWe recently visited with some dear folks from Illinois who’ve been our friends for—wow, I can hardly believe it—nearly 30 years! During that time, both couples have experienced ups and downs. We’ve supported each other through job changes, the death of parents, and other major life stressors.

It seems only fitting that the Lord would teach me some important things about perspective on our visit with these dear ones who have helped us suffer and celebrate the hardest and happiest moments our lives.

Large Lessons


My lessons began on a summer afternoon with a camera phone in Casey (pronounced Kay’-Zee), IL, where the motto is: Big Things in a Small Town. Casey has put itself on the map with seven somethings in the Guinness Book of World Recordsthe world’s largest:

  1. Wind Chime
  2. Rocking Chair
  3. Pitch Fork
  4. Golf Tee
  5. Wooden Shoe
  6. Mail Box
  7. Crochet Hook & Knitting Needles

Now, we could have spent about thirty minutes taking quick pictures of each item and then driven home. But where’s the fun in that? With a little extra effort, what started out as a fun little jaunt—and it was fun—became a meaningful day full of life-changing lessons.

Lesson #1

Mesu, Lyndsey, RoyOur friends’ daughter, Lyndsey Kirk (you might recognize her as my podcast partner), decided to take “perspective pictures” to add a little fun to our picture-taking. You should have seen us! People would stop and stare—and then ask if they could see our pictures. So fun!

In the midst of Lyndsey’s great idea came my first deeper lesson.

When facing something big, take time to examine it. Look at it from all sides and then share it with friends. Sharing an experience with others gives it a whole new perspective!

Lesson #2

Pitchfork1     Pitchfork2

Lyndsey—the college pastor—had to show us old folks how to take these perspective pictures. The really BIG THING must be in the distance and we must be close to the camera to make the big thing look small. Get it?

Basically, the farther away we were from the BIG THING, the smaller it looked. It’s not rocket-science, but it made me think…

Isn’t life the same? Big, bad things sure seem like a big deal when they’re happening—up close and personal. But the farther away they get—separated by space and/or time—the less painful those big things become. Lesson #2 was a BIG one for me!

Whatever seems big now…give it time and distance, and my perspective will almost always improve.

Lesson #3

KnittingNeedles1     KnittingNeedles2

When we visited the fabulous shop where the knitting needles and crochet hook were displayed, we took an up-close-and-personal picture of the knitting needles to see the Scripture verse burned into the needles. Do you see it there?

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13

Part of what I loved about the all the “world’s largest” displays was the little caption of Scripture emblazoned on each item. The people of Casey were boldly telling folks who visited from all over the world, “At the heart of our town is the Maker of all things great and small. It’s up to you to decide what you do with Him now.”

The lesson I learned from Casey, IL, was this: God’s little “calling cards” are everywhere—like the Scriptures on every BIG THING in Casey. It’s up to me to search for Him, ponder how He’s connected to what’s happening in my life, and then decide if/how I’ll join Him in the work He’s doing.

“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek the Lord: Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn.” Isaiah 51:1

That Scripture sort of gives new meaning to “a chip off the old block,” doesn’t it? We are children of the Living God. How do we hold fast to that perspective?

The Biggest Lesson

If you’re dealing with an especially BIG THING in your life, I would encourage you to do what we did during our little tour through Casey. You’re the one holding the camera, so you have the choice of perspective while taking those life pictures.

You can step away from the circumstance and stand closer to God, making the circumstance seem smaller and more manageable. Or you can place God and the circumstance side-by-side, making them seem similar in size. Wait—is God really the same size as the flat tire that ruined your day or even the friend that betrayed you? He’s so much bigger—move the camera!

Perspectives_Jason&KidsWorse yet, sometimes we stand so close to the circumstance, that it’s God who looks small, and we can even feel swallowed up by our circumstance. Today is the day to determine where you’ll stand to take those life pictures. Move closer and start snapping those positive perspectives!


Today’s Question:

  • Is there something in your life that you’re standing too close to—something that you need to step away from and closer to God in order to gain the proper perspective?

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  1. Oh – Mesu ~ you have brought me to cry soothing tears with this perspective post. Over and over this year, you have listened to God and shared your heart and I have been touched by His words. You are a blessing!

  2. What great lessons, Mesu! I love the way they show their priorities, being Scriptures and God’s glory, in that town. What a happy trip that was.
    Your communication is always so regular and good for us, and must cost you much energy when you’re not feeling energetic, so thank you.

  3. Mesu, Thanks so much for reminding me that my God is so much bigger than the things I struggle with, and I so love the perspective that He gives you. I, too, struggle with daily migraines and fibro, and the pain seems so overwhelming until I put it next to God, see it for the temporary thing it is, and use His strength and grace to power through. I want to honor Him in all things, and your point of view helps me to do that. Bless you.

    • Oh, sweet Cathy, I’m so sorry you deal with daily pain but thankful you’ve found the peace and grace to conquer it while sitting in the lap of your Heavenly Father. From that vantage point, all things look different! 😉

  4. Good morning Mesu. 😊
    Hopefully your weather is better, than what you’re missing back in the Pacific Northwest. (Our summers are so short, I won’t complain–just worried for all the folks dealing with the fires!)Anyhow, my mother passed away since I last wrote. Poor sweet pea beat ovarian cancer, but couldn’t fight the flu.(I’m only sharing, in case someone can relate.)…it’s been a challenge between flights emptying the house,my own chronic illness, the 2 services,and just handling and helping everyone with grief in general(we all deal differently)…So, it’s such a blessing when I read reminders from you. Reminders of God’s ever present love…reminders of the Holy Spirit’s ever present comfort. We still have to deal with life and it’s imperfections; but what a relief, that our Heavenly Father loves us so much, he gives us tools and people to help us get by with. 😊
    Well,I better stop blabbing, and get ready for work. Hope you are feeling well.
    Bless you!

    • Oh, Anna, I’m so sorry to hear about your mama. Please be sure to care well for yourself as your caring so well for others and their grief. I’m thankful this post arrived at the right time to be an encouragement for you. I pray the Lord continues to give you glimpses of His glory and presence to see you through the coming days. Blessings on you, dear one!

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