Daily Reading: Proverbs 3:5-6

Big Idea This Week:
When in doubt, help someone out

Questions to think about:
Years ago, there was a TV movie called “Vantage Point”. It was a fictional movie about the attempted assassination of an American President. The movie was replayed to the viewer from different “Vantage Points” and the story was different each time. Parlaying the vantage point idea into our own personal lives, have you ever remembered a personal story and have another person say, “That is not how it was”? My children often remember some of their life stories very differently than I or their mother. So, who is right? Is the story how I remember it to be or how they thought it was? Perspective is truth to the owner. This is a giant idea to ponder.

If we are going to help someone out we have to “Seek first to understand and then to be understood”. The wisdom gained from this statement enhances our understanding of the vantage point idea. Seeing things from the position of another person will not only encourage them but will probably encourage you as well.

Since God is the Creator and the Knower, I want His vantage point. I want Proverbs 3:5-6 which tells us to lean not on our own understanding but to trust Him in all things (it’s also my wife’s favorite passage). Often times this scripture helps me reckon with the unreasonable misunderstandings in life. Jesus admonished the disciples when they were “seeing things from a human point of view and not from God’s eternal point of view”. We must set our perspective and our minds on things above, not on earthly things. Life is enormously easier for me whenever I am choosing a quiet resolve and a confident trust in the viewpoint of the Trustworthy One. I want to challenge myself to always consider the eternal perspective of the moment.

Do you take time to consider another person’s truth, perspective or point of view to help encourage them?