Snow. Some love it. Some can’t stand it. Some love it, so long as they don’t need to shovel it. Some like it, but easily tire of it.
Yes, there are many different perspectives on snow. Walk with me for a minute (I guess I really should say, ‘scroll with me’!) as I consider two very different perspectives on snow.
Perspective ‘A’: Snow is a nuisance. I’ve had to shovel a ton. Every time I do, my back hurts. Snow limits travel. At our church, we even had to cancel services one Sunday (Dec. 16/07). Snow has a negative affect on Sunday attendance. Snow prevented me from attending my nephew’s birthday party (Friday). Snow almost prevented me from missing a friend’s wedding (yesterday). Snow creates conditions where more car accidents occur (apparently there were nearly 1,000 accidents in the last 48 hours in Greater Toronto Area). I needed to help a guy extract his Grand Am from a snow bank on my street this past Friday. A tow truck was required to free the other two cars that had similar trouble at the bottom of our hill. Snow is a pain–literally.
Perspective ‘B’: Snow is awesome. God made snow and snow makes the landscape look beautiful. Snow needs to be shoveled, which gets me much needed exercise and fresh air. Shoveling snow gives me an opportunity to help others, which I greatly like. Snow limits travel, which causes many of us to slow down the hectic pace that we have chosen for our lifestyle. Snow can keep us indoors, allowing us the opportunity to spend more time with the people closest to us. Cars get stuck in the snow, and that allows me the opportunity to show a stranger that I care about their well being. Snow is awesome. You can ski on snow, go sledding on snow, and you can just plain goof around in the snow.
‘Gee, thanks for stating the obvious Bryn. What exactly is your point?’
Thanks for asking. At various times this winter, I have held each of these two contrasting perspectives. You could say that each perspective is legitimate and justified. But, I would argue that the latter perspective is more God-glorifying. There may be nothing ‘wrong’ with perspective ‘A’, but surely perspective ‘B’ is a better way to look at things.
In life there is always room for a variety of perspectives, and every perspective lies somewhere on the spectrum between positive and negative, pessimistic and optimistic.
I reckon that Christians ought to be modeling positive perspectives for the world to see. At all times, we should be looking for the opportunity to honour Christ with our vantage point and evaluation of things. We ought to practice seeing potential in the midst of less than ideal circumstances. Instead of seeing only problems, we should look ahead to solutions.
Christians have every reason to be hopeful. We believe in a God who is nearby. We believe that the Spirit of Christ is at work in the finer details of our life. We understand that God has a purpose for everything (Romans 8:28).
I want to share that hopefulness with others. I want others to see what is good. Moreover, I want others to see the gracious movements of God in our daily lives. Let’s lead the way with a positive perspective. We have every reason to do so. Our glass is more than half full, our ‘cup runneth over‘ (Psalm 23).