Change your perspective. Choose a different post.
On my morning walks across John Adam’s bridge on Manasota Key, I see these birds perched on their post. They amuse me and remind me of the many times I’ve been a single post sitter.
These pillars are sunk deep in Lemon Bay and these individual birds claim them as their own. Their hidebound attitude allows no visitors or any change in the direction they are facing. They have chosen a set perspective day after day. Soon their pose becomes their attitude. They define themselves by their rigid posture telling all that this is their territory and I am in control.
Sound familiar? How many times I have looked at the same thing in the same way and it has given me an “ I can’t do this,” attitude or a closed mind. Am I like the pelican on the post? Have I become rigid and territorial because of my position and perspective?
We know countless people who have looked at something from a different perspective and changed their world. Think of Job in the Bible. He thought he was doomed, dying, and disgraced. Then, God changed Job’s perspective by reminding as he talked with him and about his Divine wisdom, magnificent creations, and asked him some difficult questions. Suddenly Job understood. His epiphany guided him into gratefulness. Job changed his position and was restored. Abraham was willing to travel to another land, fly to a different post even though he knew not where he would land. His life was changed and he became the father of nations. Noah built an ark with no water in sight. He followed Father God in obedience and saved his sons, who populated our world. They each had to make a decision to have a different perspective. Jesus chose death, and His perspective on the cross brought us life eternal. All these men had to release their “entitlement post” and move in obedience. This is my challenge.
I’m going to let go of my entitlement post, my limited view, and my fixed attitude on some issue this week. I am not going to continue my rigidity on this issue but instead seek out new insights, broader understanding, and choose another perspective. How will I be changed? I must abandon my pillar, attitude, resentment, or stubbornness to discover my new understanding. How about you? Have you been post sitting lately?