Now this is neat thinking...

The other side 

Posted: 28 Sep 2011 10:00 PM PDT

by Stephan Joubert

They say there is always another side to any story. Usually we like our side the most. Everything just sounds so much better from our perspective. Of course we have all the right facts and we know what really happened. However, our side is, well... just our side. We experience life from within our own skin. We see things through our own eyes.  Of course, the vey next question must be - is there any other way? Is it really possible to experience life separate from our own subjective feelings, emotions, thoughts and ideas?  I think so. I even think followers of Jesus are obliged to think, hear, sense and feel the Other Side of the story.

 Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 10 that we have to take our thoughts captive and submit them to Christ. We cannot give our thoughts free reign. Our opinions are not exclusively ours to form and cherish. We need the mind of Christ as the apostle also tells us in Philippians 2:5. In order for this to happen we need to see the world and others through the eyes of Jesus. We need to buy the right eye salve from him as he instructs us in Revelation 3. We also need a new heart in our chest, one that beats with love for God and compassion for others. And we need new hands and feet that will constantly transport us in the direction of those who are different from us- the lowly, the outcasts and the downtrodden. Only then will we be able to cross the unbridgeable gap between ourselves and God and towards the right side of the story. Only Christ can teach us the correct perspective. Only he can open our eyes to see.

 There is another side to all of life's stories, the real one. There is God's side. Only he has the true perspective. Only he can teach us to see, hear and experience life in fresh new ways.