The Importance of Accurate Perception

by Lee Buford on May 21, 2010

Perception is reality! Or is it?

More accurately, your perception of things is your reality. Your perception may not be entirely accurate or true, but it’s real to you. It’s what you see, feel, and believe. And this “reality” ultimately impacts your thoughts, decisions, and destiny.

Our small group had a great discussion this week on perception and how our perceptions, right or wrong, impact our life stories. In some ways how you perceive things may have little effect on the “grand scheme” outcomes in your life. In others, however, it matters immensely.

For Christians, perception impacts our faith, and vice versa. If we have a correct understanding and perception of our place in relation to God, our actions follow in an appropriate manner and context. If not, we get sideways and begin to think and act from a place of pride and greed, as if to say that we actually have more control over things than He does. Pastor Matt Rogers conveyed this analogy very well, saying, “Prayer, more than any other trait, reveals who you really believe is in control of this world.”

To this point, the most critical area in which our perceptions must be correct is in that of our faith. What do you believe? Who do you believe? Who do you believe in? Why? For these questions, our perceptions are everything! In a previous post I wrote about “The Most Important Question You Will Answer,” in reference to Jesus’ question to His disciples in Matthew 16…

“But who do you say that I am?”

 A. W. Tozer related the magnitude of this perception, reminding us, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”

Take some time to think about your perceptions in life…particularly relative to how they are shaping your beliefs, attitudes, and actions on a daily basis. How are they impacting your relationships, both personal and professional? How are they affecting your choices?

And most importantly, how are they shaping your ultimate destiny?


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Nicole April 10, 2011 at 4:03 am

I like this article
Thank you for good informations. (:


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