There’s something about putting on Christ that invites us to change how we see the world. It’s hard to see riches bursting from poverty, joy bursting from mourning, peace bursting through chaos, faith bursting through doubt, power bursting forth from surrender, life bursting forth out of a tomb. Yet that is exactly the story of Christ.
Too often, changing one’s perspective because of Christ is thought to be the equivalent foolish optimism, dismissive of the real circumstances, and amounting to wearing a fake smile all over the place. Life stops being real, and in some ways, it feels like living in a Barbie world where everything’s fantastic because it’s plastic. (Yeah I know the song reference is cheesy but it had to be made)
But I think one of the most powerful perspectives to change towards is honesty. The thing about the story of Christ is that poverty, mournfulness, chaos, doubt, and surrender are all acknowledged. Moreover, these periods in our lives are embraced. Yet, in Christ, these periods of our lives can be lived with an authentic quality experienced in the present, knowing that something is coming that just does not make sense.
Sometimes we changing our perspective involves turning down our rationality just enough so we can listen for the silent voice of the miraculous.