How are you seeing things these days? As a parent, I have taken so many pictures over the years of my child. From birthday parties to family vacations and sports events, our cameras have been in motion. One of our favorite things to do is go to the beach. I have captured so many pictures and videos from the shore as I would wade out into the ocean to get closer shots of my son, Joshua, body boarding. On his breaks, he would watch the videos to see how he was riding the waves, how they were breaking and what he could do to make it better.
Recently, Joshua purchased a GoPro for a trip to Belize to capture the moments. When he returned he made a video to share with us. I have been amazed watching him learn new technology in creating his online story books. This past week he headed to the beach to ride the storm surf from Hurricane Chris. As much as I would have liked to have gone with him, my commitment to responsibilities kept me focused on another path that day. When he returned, he shared the most awesome pictures he took from his body board. As I scrolled through the photos, I realized I was experiencing a new perspective.
For the first time, I was seeing the ride from his perspective. I was able to experience what it was like to ride the wave. As a parent, our goal is to provide an environment for our children to be equipped for the world. Looking at the photos and videos this past week helped me to realize when we equip, we are able to see things from their perspective. And, it is in these moments that connection continues to happen.
In a few short months, Joshua will be heading off to college. He is equipped and ready. It is a new perspective for all of us. I will be reminded of the lesson learned this week: when we equip and empower others, we are able to see things from their perspective. And when that happens, we in turn are empowered.
Until next Friday . . .