“I think, more often than not, if we were willing to look at our life in different ways, to come at it from different angles, our relationships and circumstances would be more beautiful and more interesting than we once thought.” -Ally Vesterfelt
I once asked a photographer friend of mine how to take cool photos. I was expecting a lengthy explanation into lighting, shadow positioning and camera techniques, but nope. Her suggestion was simple: look at the subject from a variety of angles.
While this advice has transformed my picture taking skills, it has mostly transformed my faith living skills. Now, whenever I am going through a difficult time, I ask myself three heart-searching questions in hopes of thinking about my “subject” from a variety of angles.
- How would I have dealt with this challenge five years ago?
- How will I feel about this challenge 20 years from now?
- What can this challenge teach me today?
These three questions remind me of three important things:
- How far I’ve come, how much I’ve grown, and how much God has already done in my life.
- To keep the perspective that this too shall pass.
- To focus of what my life is gaining as opposed to what my heart feels like it’s losing.
Angles. It’s all about the angles.
”None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing – nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable – absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.” -Romans 8:39