As we were leaving the Chimpanzee movie last week, I expressed to Caleb my frustration with the bad guys (or evil chimps) in the movie.
Then, using his gift of goodness, he gently corrected his mother.
You’re only seeing what the producer of the movie wanted you to see and the way he wanted you to see it.
Allowing the truth to soak in briefly, Caleb explained.
Scar and his guys were hungry, too.
But, the movie didn’t show us that part.
He was right. I’d taken the bait. Hook, line and sinker. I was mad at Scar and his gnarly chimps for attacking Freddy’s troop. (Because that’s where cute Oscar lived.)
I’d only looked at the surface of what the film had provided.
Caleb, on the flip side, perceived the other group of chimps in a different light. Realizing they were hungry, he had compassion for them. Even when that emotion was never offered through the viewing of this film.
Caleb has a gift of seeing the other side of the coin. This week, when his teammates were complaining about a player not sliding into the base during a baseball game, costing them dearly, Caleb defended the boy.
But no one’s taught him how to slide.
His recent comments of compassion have me realizing there is a beautiful side to the currency of life awaiting my attention.
A finding of goodness beheld by the few who will search deeper.
While Caleb takes time to flip the coin and consider the bottom side, I glance briefly at the surface.
The quick inspection of what’s seen face up.
And then a superficial passing of judgment.
I want to begin taking the time to flip the coin over.
Seeing others the way Jesus sees them.
Viewing situations through God’s eyes.
I believe there’s a beautiful side of life awaiting discovery on the other side of the coin.
…in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. (Philippians 2:3b)
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