Perception

Photo by The Roaming Platypus

Photo by The Roaming Platypus

“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.”     -Chuck Swindoll

I don’t know about you, but I have definitely found that saying to be true.

When I started first grade, we had a male French teacher.  I was terrified of him.  He seemed larger than life, had a big nose and lots of black hair, and was tall and loud.  I was mortified to be in his presence.

I would cry and wind up in the office when it came time for French class. So one day my mother came to school for the French class.  She stayed with me and we met the French teacher.  I honestly don’t remember the specifics.  All I know is that after that day, I was no longer afraid of the Frenchman!

What changed?  My perception!  Once I knew my mom was ok with him, I was ok with him. 

Isn’t that true for most things?  Someone ignores you and you get your feelings hurt. They honestly didn’t see you but you perceive they slighted you. 

·         10% what happened- Someone did not acknowledge you.

·         90% how you reacted- You assume they purposefully ignored you so now your feelings are hurt.

No, the Frenchman did nothing to me, but I perceived that he was scary.  So until my perception of him changed, I was fearful.

James 3:17 tell us “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.”

When we walk in wisdom from our Lord, we are less likely to overreact to the circumstances around us.

We begin to perceive things in a more biblical way:

·         pure,

·         peaceable,

·         gentle,

·         open to reason,

·         full of mercy and good fruits,

·         impartial and sincere.