When We Settle for the Pool

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I made this sign a few weeks ago and hung it up next to my desk.  I like having visual reminders that prompt me to look at things differently.


Before we moved to GA, this sign hung on my bathroom mirror for probably 10 years.


for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.

Our perspectives dictate our choices.  Our perspectives dictate our attitude.  Perspective is everything.  A number of my adult years were spent making more bad choices than good choices.   And the one common denominator between all of my wrong turns was a skewed perception.

When you are stubborn or prideful…you have skewed perception.

When you are fearful…you have skewed perception.

When you are filled with anger or bitterness…you have skewed perception.

It’s that perspective and the unwillingness to look at things differently that will often keep us stuck on miserable paths.

I read something recently in Pete Wilson’s new book Let Hope In that really resonated with me.  “The truth is memories don’t hurt us.  It’s what we think about those memories that hurt us.”

Once again, perspective.

How we process information and events in our lives is vital to living a healthy life.

In church yesterday, we started a series about doubt.  You can listen to it HERE if you would like.  There were lots of good points made but one of stories that stood out to me was the pastor’s talk about perspective.   He focused on a couple of verses in Matthew 11.  We often have doubt because of where we are and our limited view on things.  Sometimes we need to expand our thinking and look outside the confines of ourselves in order to perceive things correctly.

John the Baptist was in prison and couldn’t see beyond his cell.  He questioned and doubted for a time that Jesus was the One.  John’s disciples were sent out and saw, first hand, the larger, more accurate picture.   A picture that was bigger than the view John had from his cell.

Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.” Matthew 11: 4-5

The Pastor also used the example of swimming pools that we see next to oceans.  That’s kind of like our choice to live with limited perspective.   We choose to swim in a small little pool…when just on the other side of the wall is this massive body of water!

Where do you need a change of perspective today?   Where might you be settling for the pool, when the real beauty lies right on the other side of the wall?

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