Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | September 6, 2016

Perspective: Seeking Godly Wisdom

sept 6“It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption”.  1 Corinthians 1:30

I walk a big loop in my neighborhood almost daily with whoever will join me.  Yesterday a barking dog was in our path, so we decided to walk the loop in the opposite direction.  It was interesting how many things we noticed…things we had never noticed before…as we approached each home from the opposite point of view.  Webster’s defines perspective as a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.  But, as I learned on my walk our “point of view” depends on our perspective which is shaped by our beliefs and our life experiences.

We are currently struggling with a conflict that seems impossible to resolve.  Resolving conflict often requires the ability to view the situation from the perspective of another.  It is easy to develop a critical attitude towards those who oppose us; and very difficult to see things from their perspective.  There is a saying that I heard often growing up: “Before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his moccasins.”  On the surface, this seems like sound wisdom. But, try as we might, it is virtually impossible to truly walk in the shoes of another unless we know all the life experiences that have shaped their perspective.

However, for those of us in the Body of Christ, conflict can be resolved when both parties try to walk a mile in the sandals of our Savior.  True perspective is not found in understanding the point of view of another person, but in seeking true wisdom…God’s point of view!  And, we know that “the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding” (Prov. 2:6) and, “if any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5).

Just as changing the direction on our walk changed our perspective, asking God for wisdom will change our perspective.  Having Godly perspective equips us to live transformed lives that promote unity, and reflect the righteousness, holiness and redemption we have in Christ.

“Lord, you are the source of true wisdom.  Thank you that you promise to generously give us the wisdom we need, if we simply and humbly ask.”

For His Glory,

Ann Skalaski
TRBC Women’s Life

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