A Better View
JR. Forasteros - March 26, 2017
From Series: "Lent is for Losers"
Too often, we think faith is about winning - getting our way in the culture or in our homes. But during Lent, we'll trace the human journey through the Old Testament and see that getting what we want never works out like we hope. We'll see how Jesus enters into our failure and becomes a loser just like us. Somehow, his failure is good news for us. It turns out God is for losers, which is good news for all us failures.
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When I was in seventh grade, we read a dramatization of Beauty and the Beast in class. Another kid, Ricky, and I both wanted to read for the Beast, so our teacher settled it the most logical way. Since the Beast’s signature line was his horrifying roar, Ricky and I would have a roar-off. We’d both give our most Beast-ly roar and the winner would read for the Beast.
Ricky went first, and I’ll be honest: it was a pretty great roar. But I was confident.
I threw back my head, closed my eyes and let out a roar that shook the school. Men fled before my might. Women wept. Children soiled themselves.
At least, that’s how it sounded in my mind. When I opened my eyes, the flush of pride already warming my cheeks, I saw my teacher’s face and knew something was wrong. She looked like she had just seen a giant cockroach or something. All she could find to say was,
“Uh… was that it?”
The class around me burst into laughter and I realized that, somehow, my fearsome, terrifying roar was not at all what they heard.
The reality I experienced in my head was not at all the reality they experienced.
Have you ever been there? A place where your experience of some event, your perspective on an issue, absolutely does not jive with someone else? Maybe it’s a movie you stubbornly insist is the greatest of all time while it’s sitting at 13% on RottenTomatoes. Or some food like broccoli that you know is the worst edible thing God ever invented but everyone keeps insisting if you put cheese on it, it’s great.
But it happens with real stuff too. How many times have you been 100% right on an issue, and you’ve laid out your perspective and arguments carefully and thoughtfully and someone on the other side still completely disagrees with you?
How often have you been in a fight with a friend, spouse or partner where you’re pretty sure you’re arguing about the same thing because you were both there when the fight started, but they’re so far from your position you’re starting to question yourself.
To be human is to have a limited perspective.
That’s what makes relationships hard. Everyone has a different perspective and we’re all convinced our own perspective is the one right and true way to see the world.
Of course, if we step back for a moment we can admit that’s obviously foolish. I may be right some of the time. I may even be right most of the time (though I’m likely the only person who thinks that). But no one is right all the time.