Did you ever get a new pair of glasses? Before them the world appeared clear, in focus. Then presto, change-o wearing the new glasses everything is brighter, crisper. Who knew all these colors even existed before? it’s like a whole new world before your very eyes.
As you wear these new lenses you do see things differently and therefore you begin to act differently. The information being received is processed in a new way. You are not able to act the same, old way. You are changed. You are new doing new things.
Along our faith journeys the Holy Spirit works within us changing us from the inside out. This transformation is necessary as we authentically pray for God’s Will to be done. As a result we begin to see the world as God sees it. We view it with new lenses on. Now we see through the lenses of love and grace. As we have experienced God’s love and grace so we can share it with others.
It is incredible seeing the world from a new perspective. It is seeing it as if for the first time. You learn about what you did not already know. Passion is renewed as it was in the beginning of your own faith journey.
The curious thing is we don’t know what we don’t know. By stepping out and trying new things, gaining new perspectives we learn to see through the new lenses God gives us. It requires a step of faith to leave the “safety of our comfort zone.”
So what does it look like? It is going to a new place where you are the minority and being humble to learn from a new culture.
It is seeing a person in need and asking, “How can I help?”
It is listening to someone on the opposite side of a political issue and learning from him/her. Remember to listen to learn, not to argue.
Wearing new lenses helps us to see our faith community through the eyes of a guest. How inclusive are we to the guest?
As you go about your week serving Jesus ask Him to see the world through His eyes. What is different? What do you learn? Do you see people more clearly?
This Week’s Challenge
Have a conversation this week with someone who has an opposing political view from you. Learn from their perspective. How do you see the issue differently now?