It’s All about Perspective

December 13, 2022 by  
Filed under Humor, Stories

By Dawn Wilson –

A splendid cruise just shouldn’t be interrupted by rain. A downpour during our recent journey from Australia to New Caledonia not only forced us all indoors, it created the inspiration for ongoing ridicule in my life.

One evening, as we pulled away from shore, a tropical shower hit. I stood on the veranda outside our room, watching a sheet of water move across the sky.

I turned to my husband and asked, “Hey Bob, do you think it’s raining on the other side of the ship?”

Now I thought that was logical because of the “sheet” of rain I observed, but my husband, inside the room, burst into hysterical laughter.

“Well, I don’t know,” he said (snicker, snicker). “Let’s call and ask Tom” (loud guffaw)!

Tom and his wife Jan had a room on the other side of the ship. As Bob phoned to relay the story to them, I could hear them laughing … hard!

That night, as we ate aboard ship, they bombarded me with questions. “Hey Dawnie, do you think there’s water on the other side of the ship? Do you think there are fish in the water on your side?” Etc., ad nauseam.

They could laugh all they wanted, but I knew what I saw! It was all about perspective.

It’s the same with worldviews.

Christians have a different worldview from the world without Christ. We see a different scenario. For instance, from our perspective, there is purpose in this world because God created it. We’re not here by chance. In our view, there is hope, because Jesus came to save and forgive us and He is coming again to take us to a prepared home. The alternative? As one atheist said, “When people die, they are dead. That’s it. Eternity would be boring.”

I once studied the lives of C. S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud. These two men were polar opposites. Lewis, a Christian apologist, turned from atheism to become a powerhouse for Christ. Freud, who embraced scientific materialism, remained a steadfast atheist. Although both men shaped the thinking and morality of their (and future) generations, they simply viewed life from different perspectives.

Unfortunately, all perspectives do not lead to eternal life. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death” (Proverbs 16:25 ESV).

There are many religions, many philosophies and many points of view—but the Bible says there is only one way to heaven. Jesus said, “… no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me” (John 14:6 AMP). He is our life.

Our culture today tries to shake us from this truth. They scoff at our claim: there is only one way to God and salvation (Acts 4:11-12). They may laugh at us, and may someday even persecute us or worse. But once we know the Savior, we know what we’ve seen. It’s all about perspective!

About Dawn Wilson

Dawn Wilson (; www.heartchoicestoday.blogspot;—co-author of LOL with God: Devotional Messages of Hope and Humor for Women—writes for Christian Examiner and two national ministries. She equips women to make godly choices, and encourages evangelical women in leadership. She delights in God, her husband Bob, three granddaughters, and a pup named Roscoe.
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