A few nights ago I was out in the back yard with BotheDog. This photo is what I captured on my phone camera. It really was amazing. A matter of perspective you might say. Because what was a jet trail in the foreground appeared to be a streak across the moon.
An important lesson here might be to always go outside with your dog when he needs to go. Another lesson, and the point of this post, is to always consider perspective.
Perspective: a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.
in this new year one of my goals is to be attentive to the perspective of my listening audience. As a preacher, am I in tune with the views of the community in which I live and work? What about the perspective of those persons I have yet to meet and who I know little about? I desire to proclaim the truth of the message of Jesus. Can I or will I be heard in the way that I choose to hear?
It all gets a bit fuzzy at times, that is, our perspective. Clarity may only be realized when we seek to know more of the other person’s view. I hope to listen better so that I can see better this year. I pray that will help me communicate better. I pray that the good news of Jesus might be heard more because of it.
Along the Way
Author: Paul E Harris
Journal posts from a pastor and spiritual friend