Yesterday my family enjoyed the 4th of July with some dear friends of ours. For fun, my friend Angie and I decorated our Kubota for the parade. The night of July 3rd, we decked out our vehicle with flags, plastic streamers, a wreath on front and a pin wheel for special effects (ha).

Before the parade started, I received this picture via text from my husband.



My friend Angie and I (along with the rest of her family) were already sitting on the side of the street while the parade participants were lining up. While staking our claim of territory on the street, I received this picture. When I saw it I excitedly said, “OH YEAH! We received an award!” When Angie and I were decorating, we didn’t know there was even a competition. That made it a gift in my mind – an extra little blessing!

Angie on the other hand said, “WHAT?!? Why not 1st place?!?!” I burst out laughing at the difference in our responses! I sat there feeling grateful for the little unexpected honor and she was disturbed that it was a mediocre 3rd place. Ha ha. After that came the jokes, “Beth – are you an UNDER-achiever?” It was too funny. Of course, then she and I both agreed that IT IS ON next year and we are going to decorate that thing to the hilt! We saw first place and we can surely take that person’s crown (ha ha). But anyway … she and I laughed about the difference in perspectives.

Perspective : the interrelation in which a subject or its parts are mentally viewed.

Angie is very competitive and that was her first reaction. I am competitive too (maybe not at her level), but it was so unexpected that I was happy that our vehicle was noticed out of the lineup.

Each of us have different views and perspectives don’t we?  Yes – yesterday’s gift of a trophy definitely showed a BIG difference in perspectives between me and my friend.   Which perspective was correct?   It doesn’t matter.  What does matter is that we all learn God’s Word so that we can gain greater understanding about HIS perspective.

Colossians 3:1-2
So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from His perspective.  (Message Version)

I pray everyone had a great July 4th and remembered the reason we celebrated.   Men and Women lost their lives fighting for our freedom.   Be grateful to have been born in a Christian nation.

Enjoy your day!