Perspective is a funny thing. It can cause us to see some things so clearly while other things are obscured. Perspective can cause us to notice something (good or bad) about someone else all the while being blinded to the same thing in ourselves.
Tuesday afternoon I had a sudden realization about perspective. We were driving home after visiting Harding University. Rachel had tried out for and is now a proud member of “The Thundering Herd” (Harding’s marching band). She will find out about concert band and scholarships in the next few weeks.
We spoke with the head of the criminal justice department (Rachel wants to go into law). We also spoke to a professor in the Theatre department (Jamie is very interested in theatre). Both girls asked good questions and enjoyed their time and tour.
So as we were driving home it dawned on me that when I was thinking about where to go to college, I chose a place that was about an eight hour drive from home...and it wasn’t that big a deal to me. That was where I wanted to go, so that’s where I went.
Now that my oldest daughter (and possibly my youngest too) has settled on a college that is a four hour drive away...well, it’s a huge deal to me: it’s SOOOOO far away!
When I was going to college, I wasn’t really thinking about distance from home...it didn’t matter to me. Now that I’m a parent, distance DOES matter a great deal to me (but my daughters getting a Christian education matters more: this has always been my perspective and that perspective will NEVER change). But my “distance” perspective has changed.
Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 13:11, “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.”
What Paul is saying is that, as we age, our perspective changes. There are things we did when we were young, that we just don’t do anymore.
In the same way, as we grow in our faith, our perspective should change. There are certain things that we may have thought were OK that we learn are not OK.
The question is, will we continue to speak, think and reason like a child or will we allow our perspective to change as we grow and mature and give up those childish ways?