The Passionate Listener


Our perspective can change everything!

Our perspective on our own situation.
Our perspective on a friends situation.
Our perspective on a strangers situation.

I believe that there are two types of perspectives…

1) Our own
2) God’s

Our perspective is a one-sided perspective and a lot of the times leaves us blinded to the bigger picture.

If the situation we are dealing with is our own, sometimes we are too close to the “problem” and our vision is blocked simply by this one issue. It is all we can see, nothing else. Our perspective is narrowed to this one thing which could be causing worry, stress, sleepless nights, anger, and/or sadness. Or it could even be bringing us joy, happiness, and excitement. The situation doesn’t have to be a negative situation, but isn’t it crazy how the negative situations are the ones that seem to block and cloud our vision more than the good?

Then there’s situations that we may be looking in on, such as a friends or even a strangers. We may be looking from the outside in, but we may be blinded by the facade that the others are putting on. Maybe someones life looks perfect, that they have everything they need and have the perfect job and the best family. But that is what we see from the outside and we are not seeing the person for who they truly are and what they are hiding on the inside. We are just looking at all the “stuff” surrounding that person and think, well they should be happy. Or we could be looking at a situation that seems dire, and think how sad they must be or how life is just being cruel. Again, we don’t know what may be truly going on the inside or with the situation if we are just sitting back with our own perspective.

BUT…if we begin to look at situations and other people with the perspective of Christ, we can then see them in a different light. And most likely in a way that we never thought of or could ever have imagined.

Yes, perspective is a funny thing. There are many ways to look at things, but how do we know which is the right way? Or which perspective is the right one to have?

I believe that if we ask God to come into any situation, into any of our visions, thoughts and observations, he can give us the Godly perspective that we need. We just need to be patient, and to look for it. Sometimes it may not be easy, or the answers may not come quickly, but if we ask God to help us see it from His perspective, He will.

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV

If we fix our eyes on Christ, God and the Holy Spirit, it can help us to have a perspective that is more than just our own, but a perspective of God.

If we begin to ask for this, we can begin to see beyond the outside of another person, beyond the situation in our lives and beyond the typical worldly thoughts and actions.

This brings the song by Brandon Heath to mind called “Give Me Your Eyes”. I will share that song here. It is a wonderful song to remind us that by looking through His eyes and observing in His perspective, we can see those He wants us to help, touch or inspire. It can also help us to see our own lives differently.

Be Encouraged! Seek God’s Perspective! And Live Passionately!!



Tara Neidert

Tara is single and lives in North Canton Ohio with her 9 year old Boston Terrier, Zoe. She grew up in the small town of Hartville with her parents and two brothers. She is a registered nurse and an avid “Bootcamper” at her local gym. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, attending Bible studies, accountability groups and serving on team for The Walk to Emmaus and at her local church. She is also a sports fanatic and a huge lover of Christian music. She has attended many concerts, but her love for Fireflight has landed her at 40+ concerts. Many of her friends would describe her as loyal, faithful, determined and steadfast. Tara understands the hardships of living as a Christian and seeking God’s Will for ones life. It’s been a constant struggle, but she knows that “God doesn’t call the prepared, He prepares the called.”


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