Monday, July 23, 2012


Many years ago, while in Art class at Samuelson Elementary, on the north side of Des Moines, Iowa; I had my first lesson and understanding in perspective.  Here’s a brief definition of perspective: (noun) 1. a particular evaluation of a situation or facts, especially from one person's point of view;  2. a measured or objective assessment of a situation, giving all aspects their comparative importance;  3. the appearance of objects to an observer allowing for the effect of their distance from the observer;  4. in graphic arts the theory or practice of allowing for artistic perspective when drawing or painting;  5. a vista or view.

At the time of my first encounter with Perspective, being at the ripe old age of 12, my concern for the matter was mostly based upon my desire to draw or paint a picture that seemed real, and gave the impression of distance and space.  This being a way by which I could draw the observer into the moment, into the setting, and into the mind of the artist, all with the hope of creating a common experience and understanding.  Now granted the above words may not have been flowing from the mind of a 12 year old at that time, but the clear understanding of this unnoticed power wielded from the tip of a brush or a charcoal drawing stick, was something I got; and got very deeply.

As I’ve grown older, my desire for better Perspective has only ramped up the potential for the artist and prophet within me to become more effective.  Some might argue otherwise, but I know for certain that I’m on a continuum of greater and greater perspective of the visible and invisible.

I had such a wonderful time taking my much needed, and first in my lifetime, solo vacation.  Which by the way I’m convinced I must budget and schedule into my life at least two or three trips of the like, each year, if I am to live the final volume of my life’s story.

California was great (especially OC); being with friends, family and loved ones even greater.  All of which helped me to accept the grace and privilege of artistic license, objective assessment, and the courage needed to put pen and plan into action for volume 2 of a life well lived.  Editing one’s life is such an opportunity of grace.

Here’s my point on Perspective:  Each of us from time to time; be it hourly, daily, monthly or annually, must deliberately take honest assessment of our lives.  We must rise above, step back, pause and wait, seek and find, quiet our mind and focus all our energy on a new and honest view of our life.  Thereby giving rise to adaptations, adjustments, edits, or all out renovation and remodel of our life’s story line – ultimately leading to a conclusion for the better, which is actually not a conclusion, but a further extension toward an ever increasing life in the Spirit.  I am very grateful that at this present time, God’s grace caught me up short and has directed me or privileged me to live such an opportunity as this.

You may not be able to take a few weeks away from your daily grind, but the things you can have are a will and passion to continue gaining Perspective on all in heaven and on earth.  Now is the time for each of us to move from the micro to the macro Perspective.  But take caution, rapid or impulsive actions in one direction or another, must always be weighed by the Word and Voice of the Spirit within.

Perspective – we all need more of it!  

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