A Matter of Perspective

What do you see when you look at the world? 

Charlottesville.
Barcelona.
Dead people.
Injuries.

What a week.

What do you see when you look at your world? 

Friends struggling in their jobs.
Broken relationships.
Unanswered questions.
Doubts about the book you’re about to release.

What a life.

It’s so easy to fall into this hole of sadness and despair and helplessness.
It’s tempting to just give in to all this darkness around us.
It’s dangerous to believe the narrative of lies and deceit that settles in our hearts so easily.

In times like these I have to remind myself that there is another perspective out there. 
There is beauty despite all the busyness and chaos.
There is resurrection in unexpected places.
There is peace even here, in the middle of the storm.
There is human connection and love, poured out in the midst of terror and suffering.
There is divine hope that is stronger than any kind of hatred and destruction.

There is courage to speak up and tell the truth when those in power do not. 
Truth that drives out the darkness inside of us and inside this world. 

What do you see when you look at the world?

In case you’re tired of all the bad news, flood your inbox with good news like here or here.


Writing for Five Minute Friday today.

Author: Katha von Dessien

Teacher. Believer. Third Culture Kid. World Traveler. People Lover. Writer.

10 thoughts on “A Matter of Perspective”

  1. 🙂 I try to see the beauty God created. I know we live in a sinful and flawed world, but I choose to dwell on the beauty rather than the pain (otherwise, I would find myself a depressed and neurotic person). The Bible tells us to think on things are are good (so I quit watching the news about 15 years ago).

  2. There is resurrection in unexpected places.
    – I loved your thoughts and this line specifically! May the hope of the risen Christ always stand above everything else that is shattered, no matter if it is doubts or loss, fear or death, pain or loneliness. In the end, there is hope. In the end, there is joy. In the end, there is ressurrection, even in the most unexpected, craziest place.

  3. From chaos to peace. Love it! I especially love your photo of the Grand Canyon … haven’t been there in a while but we visited every year when I was a child. … visiting from Five Minute Friday – #53 – Blessings on your day!

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