A group of ladies from my church went to a Women of Faith conference this past weekend. It was fun hanging out with some dear friends and to be able to spread my wings a little.
We talked a lot (shocking!). During a car ride, one of my friends started talking about some other friends. She was just describing… such as “she’s full of life,” “she’s so funny,” “I love being around her.” It made me think that although I agreed with her description, I would describe those same women in a different way.
It’s all a matter of what we perceive. How do we perceive ourselves vs. how others perceive us? If I were to describe myself I would use words like funny, capable, leader, outgoing, etc. Most of my friends would probably agree, but some may think I’m not funny (who am I kidding?!) or that I’m sweet, kind, and caring. I do nice things, but I don’t immediately relate to those words. Some people might not think highly of me at all.
I was trying to determine if I should blog on this subject. Yesterday, God gave me confirmation. A sweet friend confided in me that years ago she did not like me because of something I said about her child. Now, years later, she realizes that I’m not evil or mean. Her perception of me has changed because she gave me a chance. How many people have you formed opinion of that might not be valid?
I wonder how God sees us? That scares me because He sees our hearts, hears our souls. Sometimes, my thoughts and feelings are not Christ-like. Occasionally, I’m angry, bitter, jealous, impatient, among other things. If He can see me as I am and still love me, can I see others for who they are and love them? Can I see them as children of God, my brothers and sisters in Christ?
We do have an ability to perceive other people as they are, but we also have a knack for seeing people through our life-stained glasses. Those glasses don’t always shed the greatest light. Although hard, I think it’s possible to see people through God’s eyes. I challenge myself to try. Will you?
“For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly that he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.” Romans 12:3