As defined as a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view, perspective is the cornerstone of how we go on, how we interpret the world around us, and how we take situations to learn.
I have moved states twice, and am about to move a third time. I have switched schools a couple of times, have traveled to places I am not at all accustomed to, have met people who have both bettered me and dragged me down, and have gone through loneliness when I least expected it. That being said, change is not foreign to me no matter how it is received; the constant is that all of these things have initiated growth.
The first time my family moved, I approached it with anger and self-pity. My perspective was not a cornerstone of growth and to learn, but rather to hate and pull away from everything and everyone. Ultimately, this is one of the main situations that led me to Christ, even when I thought I was experiencing no growth, God used it a few years later to allow me to grow in a way I didn’t know at that time. This was the first time I subconsciously noticed that change and growth were, in some sort, synonyms.
Through all of the change life has thrown me at the past six years since that first move, I’ve used my perspective to anticipate the same growth that God faithfully brings — and holy crap, it is hard at times. At times when it feels as if I’ve lost everything, it takes bravery and hesitancy to place your trust in something that feels lost. At least lost in the moment, that is. But something cool is always there, and I mean always: God uses what Satan intends for evil to better His own kingdom and our own lives. Change can be hard, change can be exhausting, and change can be terrifying, but He knows that it will ultimately bring about more than we could ever dream (just look at Job for example!!!)
“But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.” Job 23:10
“…the LORD restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.” Job 42:10
Note to Future Kate in a time of Change: change your perspective. Maintain a cornerstone that is Jesus, rooted in truth and hopeful that the best is yet to come — through change, through adversity, through betterment, through trials.
My Own Perspective –
The world is wide. People are deeper.
The world seems a little narrower when you find people like yourself – a two to a two, a wordy individual to one likewise.
Narrow is good when it helps you grow. But wide remains in perspective with that growth.
Wide for the wise.
Blue skies, book club, hot pocket bibles, spinning while jumping around = what life’s about it.
Note to self: live like it.
Until next time,