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    A Pair of Glasses, a Patch of Berries, by PI Girl Maddie

    You step back out of the fray. You blink a few times, and wipe off your glasses. And then you put them back on and take a look. It really helps. All of the sudden, everything isn’t so foggy.The smudges are gone.

    What you thought you saw was something else.

    Not all of us need glasses. Some of us don’t have them even when we do need them. And some of us (like me) have them because we need them but never use them. And this is the case with life.

    Now, am I really talking about glasses? No. I’m really not. In fact, the whole glasses thing is just a base for what I’m really trying to say. I’m figuratively, or metaphorically speaking.

    Think of your life as being seen through a pair of glasses. What happens to them – to your vision – will greatly determine how you view things. Sometimes our glasses – our perspective on life – will get a little smudged. But the key isn’t to keep them from getting that way, because it’s not going to work. At least, a lot of the time it won’t.

    That’s not to say we shouldn’t try to keep things going smoothly, but just don’t always expect them to. You’ll always end up with a fingerprint or two on those glasses of yours. Some people even lose their glasses and can’t see anything clearly for awhile. But if they search for them, things will clear up.

    The category of people I’ve included myself in – the ones who have glasses but don’t use them – are the ones who really have trouble. Because they don’t have a clear vision on life, they tend to think there isn’t one. Often, I get down in the dumps because I’m handling things the way I want, due to not having God’s perspective in mind. I have control, but I don’t even know where I’m headed. Because I’m not using the glasses given to me to keep me on track.

    Whether you fall into my category, one of the others listed, none at all (ha!) or some of each doesn’t really matter. What matters is what you do about it. What matters is that when a smudge shows up on your glasses, you remember to wipe it away. To take some time to step back and clean those spectacles. Get a perspective change. Chill out. And to do this in a somewhat, if not always, calm way, before you freak out.

    Okay, now that this is established, I’d like to bring in some biblical truths about our perspective.

    One of my favorite verses on this topic is in 2 Peter 1:3-4. And rather than just scanning over this because it’s longer than your average two verses, like I tend to do sometimes, try reading it through and through with an open mind and heart.

    The New Century Version that I use says, “Jesus has the power of God, by which He has given us everything we need to live and to serve God. We have these things because we know Him. Jesus called us by His glory and goodness. Through these things, He gave us very great and precious promises. With these gifts you can share in being like God, and the world will not ruin you with its evil desires.”

    Basically what Peter is saying is that by getting right with God, by seeing that without Him we are lost, we get a change of perspective. He offers us forgiveness and eternal life through believing what His son, Jesus, has done for us. Which is also known as salvation. And when we have God as our shield, our rock, our protector, then the evil in this world cannot really hurt us. We see through a new pair of eyes, a clean pair of glasses. And then we’re on the right track, because He is in control.

    Things are going to go wrong this week. They will every week. Every day, maybe. Nothing and nobody is perfect. You will get frustrated. Hurt, maybe. Angry, probably. But when you see that it’s not the circumstances that matter, but God in them, and when you remember to count your blessings in spite of everything else, and when you take the time to step back and get a perspective change, things are bound to go better. At least, if you have an open mind and heart.

    Life is a pair of glasses.

    Keep ’em clean.

    Life is a patch of blackberries.

    There’s always going to be some thorns in there.

    Written by PI Girl Maddie

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