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Some problems depend on your perspective. This past week I read about a college student that sent a letter home to her parents from college.

Dear Mom and Dad,

I’m sorry to be so long in writing. Unfortunately, all my stationery was destroyed the night our dorm was set on fire by demonstrators. I’m out of the hospital now, and the doctors say my eyesight should return, sooner or later. The wonderful boy, Bill, who rescued me from the fire, kindly offered to share his little apartment with me until the dorm is rebuilt. He comes from a good family, so you won’t be surprised when I tell you we’re going to be married. In fact, since you’ve always wanted a grandchild, you’ll be glad to know that you’ll be grandparents next month.

P.S. Please disregard the above practice in English composition. There was no fire, I haven’t been in the hospital, I’m not pregnant, and I don’t even have a steady boyfriend. But I did get a D I French and an F in Chemistry, and I just wanted to be sure you received this news in the proper perspective.

Perspective does make a difference.

From a sermon by Ray Ellis, "Overflow of Love" 8/4/2008

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