Recently our church staff has been reading Andy Andrews’ book “The Noticer”. The book is about changing your perspective in situations. Usually, the biggest obstacle we have is our own perspective. It is the way we see things. Our point of view. The apostle Paul wrote some similar words when encouraging people to take a different perspective. He said, “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” (Colossians 3:2 NKJV). He gave us some clear instructions to help our perspective.
Where you have your mind set matters. That is why they call it a “mindset”. There is a quote by Marcus Aurelius that says “The things you think about determining the quality of your mind.” Our approach to every situation will determine how well we deal with it and often what the outcome will be. How can this verse help us with perspective? Here are three things this verse says.
Perspective Is A Choice
You will tend to see what you are looking for. Paul instructs people to “set”. It requires intention. We hear from a young age that we can do anything we set our mind to do. Where we set our mind matters. It is our choice. If we tend to see what we choose to see, then choosing to see better things will make a difference.
Perspective Is Mental
Perspective is not really what you see anyway. It is what you choose to see. You can see problems or you can see an opportunity. You can see faults or you can find good. It is all in what you set your mind to see. That does not mean there are not difficult times or problem situations. It just means that where you set your mind will determine what you see.
Perspective Should Be Broad
Look up. He says to set your mind on things above. He is spiritually talking about the things of heaven and of Christ. I would tell you that looking up matters. It broadens your perspective. We often cannot see the forest for the trees. It is because we are focusing on this one small aspect. Look up and see the bigger picture. A broader perspective will help remove selfishness and self-centeredness.
Choose to set your perspective today. It will make a tremendous difference in every situation of your life. Things will improve even if nothing changes but your perspective.
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