I was reading the other night. Not usually as I read a substantial amount of written material on a daily basis. I was reading on having a Christian perspective and how a lot of what transpires in our walk of faith is a matter of perspective. In other words, how we view something determines how we see it and what we see. The old glass being half-full or half-empty type of thing. To emphasize the point the author was making about perspective he shared a little poem that helps us see how perspective can change our view of what is really transpiring and taking place.
These verses were written by a young man names Kyle McCarthy and, when written, he was only fifteen.
God doesn’t love me
You can’t force me to believe
God is good
This is the One Truth in life
This world is a product of chance
How can I believe that
God will use my life
I know with certainty that
God has left me
Never again will I say that
Christ is risen from the dead
I know now more than ever in my life that
Man can save himself
We must realize that it is ignorant to think
God answers prayers
Christians declare that
Without God this world would fall into darkness
This world can and will meet my needs
It is a lie to say that
God has always been there for me
I now realize that
No matter what I do
The Truth is
He doesn’t love me
How can I presume that
God is good
Okay, remember that this is about perspective – the way you view life, God, circumstances, situations, and yourself.
So, I’m going to ask you to read this poem one more time. Only this time, as you read it, I’d like to ask you to make one slight change and read it backwards.
Begin at the last line and read backwards to the first line.
Wow, that makes quite a difference, doesn’t it?
So much of what we go through works just like this poem. All we can see is what’s right in front of us. But how we see it — our perspective — makes all the difference to the message we receive and the message we live out as believers.
But with time, with patience, with perspective, we begin to see things differently. Perspective – how we view our situation and circumstances – determines what we really see. So, I for one, am working to see life through eyes of faith and hope.