Looking beyond self-colored glasses

Too many people are like a broken collideoscope, locked in a single viewpoint. They’re missing the beauty of other perspectives. There are none so blind as those who adamantly refuse to see from any viewpoint but their own.

When your personal perspective blocks the big picture, what you see will only be a fraction of the truth. We all tend to see the world thru self-colored glasses.

Without curiosity the human mind tends to settle in a valley and feel threatened by whatever’s on the other side of the hill. To look at a situation from only one point of view and demonize those who see it differently, is dangerous.

If our unhappiness is self-produced, we have the power to overcome it. If it is produced by others, we’re at their mercy. When emotions, desires, and opinions override reality, society is in trouble.

Self-focus is painful because it exposes dissatisfaction. Christ-focus is glorious because it exposes amazing love and mercy. Focusing on self is like focusing on corrective lenses. Look through self, not at self, and you will behold the astonishment of life.

When I lose myself in Jesus, I find incredible joy. When I try to find myself, I find that my joy has declined. Self-seeking produces little joy, but seeking Jesus releases “joy unspeakable.”

Once you’ve seen the light of pure joy shinning through someone’s face, you want to ignite that joy in everyone you meet. Search Amazon for: “The Joy Of Early Christianity.”

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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