Whether we realize it or not, we always choose a perspective. Choosing a perspective is like knocking over the first domino. It leads to more decisions that follow the effect of the same line of perceiving.
In Genesis 50, Joseph chooses to understand, forgive, and influence his brothers by acknowledging the deep truth of his story. His brothers decided to kill him out of jealousy, then relent and instead sell him into slavery. Joseph recognizes the reality that harm was intended. But Joseph chooses to see that God used this evil to save the family. Joseph chooses grace toward his brothers.
Too often perception is something that just happens to us. We choose a perspective without even knowing. That causes a false reality. We aren’t able to distinguish between emotions and reality. We are quick to blame, to justify our anger, to defend our feeling. What is often lost in the midst is the reality that we are making choices.
If we want to live intentional, purpose-filled lives, we have to be aware of the choices we make concerning our perception of events, our own self, and the world at large. Like Joseph, we can choose a perspective that recognizes the good God intends.