Seeing all the sides

Something I’ve learned to recognize over the last few years is the existence of more than one side to a story or situation.

As I grow more each day into the new creation I’ve become, the more I see things so differently. I’m constantly renewing my mind to think differently.

Philippians 2:3 says, “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.” In other words, be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself.

Jesus told us to deny ourselves and follow Him. He set aside His divinity to become fully human during His years on this earth. He humbled Himself to endure the entire birthing process that eventually landed Him in a stinky manger surrounded by filthy animals.

Stop for a minute and think about that.

When we stop thinking and living for ourselves, we begin to see all sides of every situation.

Here are some things I’ve become acutely aware of.

If I’m first in line, someone is last.

If I park at the front of the lot, someone has to park at the back and walk further.

If I got the last item during an unbelievable sale, it means someone missed it.

If I get all the green traffic lights driving through town, someone got all the red.

Now granted, some of these things just happen and are completely out of my control, but I notice them more. I think about it more. Things that I may have attributed to “God’s favor” in the past, I now see so differently.

I understand now that the Gospel is less about blessings and favor and more about being completely transformed.

It’s less about doing the religious things to please God and more about becoming like Him.

I don’t ever want to raise my hands in worship and sing it’s all about Him if it’s still all about me.

Jesus didn’t endure the cross so we could tearfully whisper a quick prayer and secure our bus ticket into Heaven someday.

He endured it all so Heaven could get back into us.

He endured it all so we could reclaim our original image and created value and multiply it across this planet.

When I read the Bible, especially the passages about Jesus, I see a clear picture of what being a Christain should look like. If we aren’t acting, thinking, speaking, and responding like Him, we’re missing something.

If you squeeze an orange, you get orange juice, right? If you squeeze an apple, you will get apple juice. It would be weird if you squeezed an orange and apple juice came out.

It should be just as weird when a Christian gets squeezed, and everything but Jesus comes out.

I consciously see all sides to a situation because I want to respond just like Jesus. I want to see people only through His eyes. I want to live my life as if I were purchased with a price because I was.

Despite what Frank Sinatra says, I don’t ever want to do it my way.

I only want to do it His way.

 

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