“Some people cannot find a coherent sentence with two hands and a flashlight. They don’t drink the sand because they are thirsty; they drink the sand because they don’t know the difference.”

~ President Andrew Shepherd, in The American President

Perception matters. One just needs to look deep within and up to realize there is collateral beauty in everything. Even in death, nothing is ever really dead if we can see it at the right angle. In broken relationships, redemption is born. In failure, success, the reward of a second chance is realized. Even when life does not seem to notice you, a shift in thinking leads the way to renewal borne of a new mindset. God always notices, and He promises to only be a shift, a prayer, and a mustard seed of faith away.

In the movie, The American President, the President says that he was so busy doing his job, he forgot to do his job. He began to lose so much because his focus became too small. Fear of others’ perception, fear of losing, so he held fast and tight not to lose instead of fighting to win. It was his perception of fear that caused him to lose, not fear itself.

Perception, even our own, can be like death, a prison sentence. It stifles, it hinders and prevents us from becoming and being our best, the best version of who we were created to be. Sometimes, no matter what we say or how we say it, people will believe their own perceptions, even when the truth is so very different. They do that because to face the truth means to face their role in our hurt, our pain, and even our happiness. To compound matters, the hurt inflicted upon us at the hand and heart of others is made worse when we continue to inflict harm upon ourselves long after the initial trauma.

When you look into the mirror, what do you see? Do you see hope, or do you see the image of faces glaring back at you who told you what or who you should become or when to speak and when to be mute? If the image you see is one you do not recognize, one that was created on your behalf, you have the power to change your image. In Genesis 1:26, God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

That image is something to behold. Dominion means you have sovereignty and control over any mountain that stands between who God created you to be and who others perceive your creation to be. And the latter is absolutely none of your business. Change your perception!

Do not be afraid of the lion’s roar in the distance because all too often, there is no roar at all; it is the perception of it that grips you with fear and stagnates you. It is never too late to change. Time has no real end date. Time is an illusion, perception.

Walk forward at your own pace, just keep walking. Allow ALL negative perceptions of you to roll off your back. Love yourself enough to do that. Love exists in every moment, even in the dark ones. Seek it! See your love. Feel your love. Embrace your love.

Then, after it is all said and done, smile back at the beautifully new perception you have created with God’s hand, for “…we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).

You are the lion; let me hear you roar. It is a wonder and so are you.


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