In the mythology of the Lord of the Rings universe (yes, I’m unleashing my inner nerd here), there is an item called a palantir.  It is a black stone, smooth and spherical, that allows for communication with those who also have a stone.  It plays a pretty big role in the third movie, Return of the King.  At one point, Pippin is drawn to look at it, which causes the evil Sauron to believe that Pippin is the one with the ring.  The images of the palantir could not be false, but they could be manipulated in order to cause issues.  For example, Saruman had one and, through the images he was shown by Sauron, he came to believe that the forces of Mordor could not be overcome, which is why he breaks bad in the movie and starts cooking blue… oh, wait… that’s something else.  What we see in life is important, but so it how we look at things.

Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body.  When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light.  But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness.  And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is! (Matthew 6:22-23 NLT)

How do you view the world?  What is the lens that you use?  Ever heard the saying, “Seeing the world through rose-colored glasses”?  Of course, in retrospect, that doesn’t make a lot of sense.  I mean, who wants to see the world with a reddish tint?  You get the point though.  Are you a critical, negative person?  If so, then you are going to be critical and negative about most things you see.  Do you have a generally sunny disposition?  Then that’s the way you’ll see the world as well.  The real question we have to wrestle with each day is this: how are you going to look at the world?

 

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