Finding Perspective

by Pat on August 16, 2012

in education,events,ministry,reflection

…whenever a person turns to the Lord the veil is removed.

2 Corinthians 3:16

I spent my morning a little bit out of my element, like an Amish guy at the Apple store.

I was able to take a day away from my typical youth ministry life of speakers, small groups, retreats & scavenger hunts to spend some time with the Catholic school teachers of my home Diocese of Davenport, Iowa.  This was a bit of a departure from my usual approach, which tends to involve high-energy stories (both Gospel and personal) and a smidgen of One Direction.  I’m not sure the teachers would have been able to sing along.

But one way that we were able to connect, beyond the predictable love for our Catholic faith and our students, was in our shared need to take a step back from the details of our professions to look at the big picture.  I challenged the teachers (after challenging myself) to look at their perspective on the world around them, and start to identify how that perspective was shaped.

There’s so much value in reflecting on the way that we view the world, and especially on why we see the world the way that we do.  Our education and our experience form the vast majority of our feelings and opinions, and if we’re ignorant of that reality, then those feelings and opinions can own us.

Dare to ask big questions.  Dare to be unsure of the answers.  Dare to involve prayer in the process.

So that’s the challenge for all of us, and I’ll give you the same tool for reflection that I gave the teachers:

One by one, decide whether you think each of the following statements is True or False. (There are no in-betweens – True or False are the only options!)

  1. Silence is golden.
  2. Everything happens for a reason.
  3. Home is where the heart is.
  4. Parents are the greatest influence on their children.
  5. Love is a verb.
  6. Deep down, all people are basically good.
  7. Children today are more entitled than ever.
  8. You are what you read.
  9. If you want something done right, do it yourself.
  10. Perspective is reality.
  11. Money is the root of all evil.
  12. It is better to give than to receive.
  13. Friends are the family that you choose.
  14. Love means never having to say you’re sorry.

– How many of these statements do you believe to be True?

– Which of these is the most false?

– Which of these is the most true?

This isn’t, of course, the end of the process but the very beginning.  But once we get started down this road, there’s all kinds of fruit that comes of it.  Pray it over and think it over.  Happy reflecting!

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