What filter are you viewing life through?
Let me explain. Have you ever looked through a pair of glasses with colored lenses? Maybe they were blue or green or maybe even… rose colored? Regardless of the lens color, when you wore the glasses everything you viewed was tinted. Blue lenses made yellows look green. If you wore red ones, things that were green looked brown. You remember.
The same thing happens in life. Whatever we place in the position of highest priority tints our view of the world.
- If your family is your priority, the decisions you make will be based on how it affects your family.
- If your priority is health, you process much of what you do based on how it will affect your body’s health and fitness.
- If your career is most important, your decisions are based mostly on how it will affect your career goals.
- If you have an addiction – alcohol, drugs, porn, etc – that’s the filter with which you view the world around you and how it may satisfy your next craving.
Since our filter is such a powerful force doesn’t it make sense to acknowledge what glasses we are wearing? It’s not very hard to do, simply think about what you focus on most throughout the day. What’s on your mind as you drive home from work or as you lay in bed at night? The bible says…
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
If we can successfully set our minds on “things above” we will find that even worthy things like loving our family, investing into friendships, and reaching out to those in need take on a different perspective. When our highest focus is on God, He can direct and empower us to do those admirable things in life with purpose. An upward focus will also spotlight the less-than-admirable things in our life like addictions and selfishness that keep us imprisoned and bound.
As you’re reading this, you’re reading through a filter. Probably not colored glasses, but a filter none-the-less. I pray that we will be challenged daily to look at the world through spiritual eyes and allow God to give us vision.
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
What are some other life-filters that you think of? Any first hand experience in changing your filter? Share in the comments area!