Reflecting on Perspective

by Peggy Hahn, Executive Director of LEAD

Every year in their childhood, my children built (or rebuilt) their tree house. At first we worked with them, but as the years went by their confidence in the process and their passion to create something wonderful on their own made us step back to make space for their growth.

I can remember helping my children learn to break their big projects into manageable tasks. One year, to my surprise, they hoisted the porch swing into the tree to make a “sofa.” Now that I think about it, I can’t recall ever getting that swing back on the porch. The very act of creating the treehouse took on a life of its own.

It has been my personal experience that things that feel insurmountable or even impossible can become doable by breaking them into smaller parts. I’m sure you can reflect on similar experiences where you took it one rung at a time before constructing the treehouse or whatever it was you were after. God has given us the ability to change our perspective. We can move from the feeling of being overwhelmed to some small steps in the right direction. We can open ourselves up to create, to dream, and to imagine the possibilities.

Sometimes it takes a leader to step into an anxious moment and point out the possibilities. Gaining new perspectives may mean moving closer to something, or stepping away. Often, we need a thinking partner to help us notice what God is already doing.

One definition of perspective is “a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.” (Oxford Living Dictionaries)

What I love about that definition is that it implies that there is an alternative perspective.

Dear God, please open our capacity to see more like you do. To have a wider, deeper, closer, farther perspective so we feel the urge to create. Amen.

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  1. David Hollrah
    David Hollrah says:

    Excellent, Peggy. Very nicely written. I admire what you do for the Church and all of us in the Synod.

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