In Colorado, many people enjoy the wildlife. In the mountains you can frequently see deer, elk, Rocky Mountain sheep, and many other large and small animals. People from all over the world come and marvel at God’s creation. The first time you see a large buck emerge from the woods into a sun filled clearing is awe inspiring. The gentleness of a doe with her little spotted fawn warms the heart. The eerie sound of a bull elk bugling… head tilted back, full rack of antlers reflecting the sun out in little bits of light takes you to a wilder time. On the plains, the amazing speed of a pronghorn antelope as it effortlessly bounds across the plain is breathtaking. The precarious positions that the Bighorn sheep seem so comfortable in evoke disbelief. For me… from my perspective… it all points to our God’s creative nature. Awe, wonder, deep introspection, about God…
One day though, I was struck by how people’s perspectives change everything. You see, a work associate and I were driving up towards the Wyoming border when we both spotted a beautiful pronghorn antelope out on the plain displaying a huge trophy rack. From my perspective, it made me think about God’s amazing creation and admiration for how old this antelope was. I could just imagine how resourceful, smart and strong it had to be. But, from my friend’s perspective, he saw a trophy antelope, one that he wished he could “harvest” and put on his wall. One that would take all of his skill, energy and effort to even have a chance. He greatly appreciated the antelope… but from a totally different perspective! What an interesting discussion we had! I gained a whole different appreciation… learned a lot about myself and about my associate.
What a difference! It made me think about how complex we are as people. How our life is influenced by our past, our experiences, our relationships. How those different perspectives can cause pain, turmoil, damaged relationships and so many more challenges… but can also bring more fullness and understanding into our lives… a richness. When people come from different perspectives and are willing to share, you learn more, you grow more… life can be more full. Different perspectives can also help you understand what you really believe… what’s important.
So many people come to the journey of life with such different perspectives.
Who in your life has a different perspective that might open your eyes to new things or help you solidify what you believe? Are you willing to listen, spend the time to understand and then let that perspective come into your thinking?