[Calvary Chapel] 2003-03-01 - Paradigm Shift

I remember reading a book that showed a picture of a woman. Depending on how you looked at it, you saw either an old woman or a young woman. "What did you see?" the author asked. Did you look at a glass filled halfway with water as "half-full" or "half-empty"?

I remember looking at the time and thinking, "am I an optimist or a pessimist?"

Do I equate a half-empty glass of water with pessimism and an old woman with a poor outlook on things?

Who cares if the glass is "half-empty," if you're really thirsty?

Who says old women are not beautiful, and seeing one is not positive?

When I was graduating High School, I wanted to get married and have children and spend my days just being a good mother. I wanted to do everything right and have happy, healthy kids and maybe a dog. Boy, was I living under a rock. Not that my ideals were not good, but my picture of life was so limited; like the picture of the young lady and old lady, there are many variables to consider.

Sometimes I think we as Christians limit our view of life. There are things that are black and white, but when you are dealing with people, there are so many variables to consider. The "human variable" does not change God nor the truth of His Word, but perhaps God allows us to experience the "variables" so that we can have a greater heart of compassion when showing His love to others. Perhaps we can see, a little more clearly, our own need for God's mercy.

Our life over the last few months has been very difficult. I have learned things I did not ever consider. I have seen how limited my own view of people was. God, in His mercy, has allowed us to experience these things, and in doing so has opened our eyes and allowed our paradigm to shift. I believe the shift has brought us closer to Him.

Over the next few weeks, we would like to share some of the things God has taught us. Until then, may you remain in God's grace.

Psalm 122:6

In His Service,
Rick & Sandy

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