“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13
In the Narnia series, a character named Eustace stumbles upon a dragon’s treasure and decides to adorn himself with it. When he does, it unleashes a spell that puts him to sleep. When he wakes up, he has transformed into the very dragon the treasure represents. A particular golden armband, which fit very nicely on a human boy, is now so tight it is hurting Eustace The Dragon. He is in excruciating pain and desperate to break the spell.
False perception plays tricks on us. It whispers lies, suggesting the clear value of the grass on the other side without mentioning its dangers. Preying on our fears and our tendency toward dissatisfaction, our perception can take us on quests for treasures that just as readily ensnare as redeem.
Choosing a true perspective allows us to see the value within our current state of affairs. It opens us up to the possibility of the present. We are too addicted to the idea that our best choices are one day, one circumstance, one setting away. That if something were to change, if we could just find a treasure or a shortcut or a secret answer, all would be suddenly and magically well. As a dragon, Eustace learns the value of himself as a boy. He longs to own the influence and identity he so long took for granted.
External treasures are a mirage. The value you are looking for is within the person God created you to be. The secret discovery is internal; it has been staring you in the face your entire life. A true perspective can unlock the greatest treasure you’ll ever encounter – living a meaningful life from the fountain of your true identity.