It’s a Matter of Perception



I took this photo of a footprint in the sand at the beach a week ago. When I went back and looked at it, instead of looking like an impression of a footprint in the sand, it looked more like a raised footprint built up in the sand. I am not a photographer and can’t explain why it looks so different in the picture than it did in person. It is all about perception.

How often is our perception of a person or a situation skewed by our personal perspective? Too often we look at a person or situation and decide why someone acted a particular way or why a situation turned out a specific way. When we do so, we are ascribing motives and variables than may not exist and our perception may be a bit off.

What if instead of looking for people’s motives, we look at the person; really look at the person the way God looks at us? What if instead of deciding why something has turned out a certain way, we ask God to help us see a situation from His viewpoint? God looks at us and sees His Son. As believers, we are forgiven for our sins because of Christ’s death on the cross. God sees Christ’s perfect sacrifice instead of our sin.

What difference would it make in your relationships if you saw the people in your life as God’s children whom He loves instead of the person or people who hurt your or frustrate you? It is really all a matter of perception. We choose to see others as human with the same sinful nature we have and choose to forgive them or choose to judge them. 

What a different year we could experience in 2014 if we chose to see others and situations from God’s perspective rather than our own limited perspective! Ask the Lord to open your eyes to see others and situations the way He does and be willing to show them the love of Christ you have been shown by your Heavenly Father.


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23 thoughts on “It’s a Matter of Perception

  1. Open my eyes…

  2. Deep insight. Thank you for this post. Our choices and self-talk shape our worldview and our relationships significantly. Bless you as you choose to see others and situations from God’s perspective. Karen

    • Karen, thanks for the kind words. We need to be aware of our worldview and do what we can to align it with the worldview the Lord wants to have. Blessings to you as well.

  3. Reblogged this on Deboriah's Journey.

  4. Wonderful insight Shelly. I reblogged and shared this thought. God bless you.

  5. This is really cool … You are so right. We create perceptions and allow them to be realities in our eyes. I’m praying that God will allow us, particularly myself to see through HIS lenses. No perceptions there! Just reality 🙂 Thanks for this post.


    • Emmy, I love that! Seeing things from God’s viewpoint isn’t just a perception, it is true reality. Thanks for sharing your insight!

  6. I wrote a poem about seeing people and things from Jesus’ point of view . . . and saw just how blind I was! ~ Blessings ~

    • Deborah, I love your poetry. It is inspirational and challenging. I love it when the Lord opens our eyes to see where we are off track. Blessings!

  7. Great word! We are on the same link (Spirit), I’ve blogged about this topic several times as well. May we all see with the eyes of Christ! Blessings!

  8. Thank you, Shelly. I am going through a time of really needing to see things differently . . .over and over! God bless you!

    • Debbie, I think we all need a fresh perspective from time to time and the Lord has the perfect perspective. Blessings!!

  9. I second what Debbie says. My view of things is so distorted. I love your footprint analogy. Perfect illustration!!

  10. Amazing photograph!! And great Godly advise … Oh Lord help us to ‘put on’ Your eyes to see people, situations and ourselves today and everyday. Amen!

    • Natalie, thanks for the encouragement! The way this photo turned out was a surprise to me but a beautiful reminder that we need to see people and situations from God’s perspective. Blessings!

  11. Reblogged this on Tricia's Journal Jots Blog and commented:
    I agree with Shelly. Let’s make 2014 a great year by asking God to show us others from His perspective.

  12. Shelly, what a beautiful commentary on God’s view of us. I think that seeing someone as God sees them encourages them to become more like the person God created them to be. I hope I can practice your wonderful advise this year.

    • Godsnature, thanks for the kind words. I love the idea of our view of someone encouraging them to see themselves through the eyes of our loving God!

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