Right Perspective?

2 Jan

A few years back I read a story about a captain of a navy warship who was navigating his vessel at night. It went something like this:

Seeing the light of an oncoming vessel headed straight for him, the captain signaled ahead, “Change course twenty degrees.”

The reply flashed back through the darkness, “ Advisable you change course twenty degrees.”

The captain didn’t accept this response. “I’m a captain,” he signaled. “Change course twenty degrees.”

The reply: “I’m a seaman second class. Change course twenty degrees.”

By this time, the captain was furious. “I’m a battleship! Change course twenty degrees!”

To which came the response: “I’m a lighthouse!”

This story reminds us how much assumptions drive our lives!

We often assume we know what is happening in a situation or what the right solution is, only to eventually see that we didn’t have the right perspective after all.

Had that navy captain not gained the right perspective, had he stubbornly forged ahead under his wrong assumption, counting on the “lower-ranking officer” to eventually yield, the result would have been tragic for everyone on that ship. A lighthouse cannot yield, right? By simply changing his thinking, his perspective, the captain was able to steer his ship and all those aboard to safety.

So, as we start this New Year, what assumptions do you have? Is there any area where you need to change your thinking, your perspective?

Be encouraged that God has the perspective you need to avoid costly missteps this year, to take the right steps that will lead you to great places (both inwardly & outwardly). Your Heavenly Father sees the big picture, and if you’ll trust Him, one day you’ll look back and be so grateful you did.

So set aside any assumptions you have for starting this New Year and open your heart to God-possibilities. If you follow the Lord’s leading in the weeks and months to come, 2012 can be better than you ever though possible!

Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]. To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it). Ephesians 3:20-21 (AMP)

Happy New Year!


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