Perception Vs Reality

Reading a 2nd time through Chapter 2 of a Shelter in the Time of Storm by Paul David Trip...
Chapter 2, titled: "Breathing Violence" discusses how much the human heart has been corrupted by sin.

Again not a jolly, lift me up, feel good chapter... but a necessary one.
What jumped out to me this morning was how this potential for corruption can alter ones view.
It can change ones perception.

The corruption, that I can clearly see evidence for in my own life as well as in the lives of others is the focus on self.  The corrupted heart is selfish.  The corrupted heart concerns itself with my feelings, my wants, my desires.  The result is anger, frustration, disappointment, resentment, sadness, and even violence towards those that impede on me getting what I want.

The reality... The world doesn't revolve around me.  I am not the center.  The reality is I am broken and what I Think will make me happy often doesn't.  It may temporarily, but eventually, I will want something more or different.  The corruption of heart distorts my feelings, it distorts my expectations, it distorts my desires.  It also distorts my perception of how others are impacting those areas in my life.

I need to remember this... my perception is corrupted... so perhaps I should  allow some wiggle room before I jump to conclusions.   Might make life a bit more peaceful.


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