Two men, Jack and John, were walking on a field at the edge of a forest and they saw a painting on a stand. Jack looked at the painting and liked it immediately, “This is wonderful,” he said. John declared that it was the worst he had seen in ages. When the artist came, Jack bought the painting and they went on their way.
The next day, John went to Jack’s house. He exclaimed in wonderment when he saw the painting above the mantle, “This is amazing. It looks beautiful.”
Jack walked into the living room and said in disgust, “You can have it. I can’t believe I paid a fortune for this.”
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. The only problem I have with that statement is that in reality a picture is worth billions of words if not trillions. This is because we see things as we are. So if six billion people are shown the same picture they will see it six billion ways if not twelve billion or other multiples of it.
Jack saw the picture in the fields and it was beautiful but in his home it was awful. John saw it in the opposite way. It was the same picture. It is the same way with the opinions we have about people and situations we find ourselves in. We have different opinions about the same people in different situations. And this could be very dangerous if we are the type of people who see ourselves as people see us or depend on people’s opinions about us to know who we are. If we are people pleasers, this may lead to our down fall. However, there is One whose eyes are never flawed and whose view is absolutely perfect.
God created us in a very perfect image: His. So many people will see you and say a lot of things about you that would contradict that image which God has created you to be. The picture didn’t change. You didn’t change. But their opinions changed and would continue to change. It is the same thing with the situations we face. We see things differently but the situation remains the same as long as it lasts.
So it all boils down to this: we are who we believe we are. We are who we see ourselves to be. And all that depends on whose eyes through which we see ourselves. Do we see ourselves through the eyes of our friends, our foes, our bosses or our subordinates? Or, do we see ourselves through God’s eyes? Take a look at 1Corinthians 4:3-4:
“What about me? Have I been a good servant? Well, I don’t worry over what you think about this, or what anyone else thinks. I don’t even trust my own judgement on this point. My conscience is clear, but even that isn’t final proof. It is the Lord himself who must examine me and decide.”
Let us see things through God’s eyes. It is only then that things will ever make even a little bit of sense. It is only His opinion that matters much in this day and age when every one just has one thing or the other to say about everything.