Summary: What was the perspect of Joseph and Mary to the "Good News"

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Acknowledgement – I found great value in a Christmas Sermon series by Darren Ethier – A fellow contributor to this site. His sermons are called “Christmas Perspectives Series.”

Are you talking to Me?

Luke 1:26-40, Matthew 1:18-24

Perspective is an interesting thing. What you or I see is not always the same as what someone else sees…

Have you ever noticed: When the other fellow acts "that way", he is ugly; when you do, it’s nerves. When others are set in their ways, they’re obstinate; when you are, it is firmness. When your neighbor doesn’t like your friend, he’s prejudiced; when you don’t like his, you are a good judge of human nature. When he tries to treat someone especially well, he’s a flatterer; when you try it, you are being thoughtful. When he takes time to do things well, he’s a slowpoke or lazy; when you do, you are deliberate and careful. When he spends a lot, he is a spend thrift; when you do, you’re generous. When someone picks flaws in things, he’s cranky and critical; when you are, it is graciousness. When someone dresses especially well, that person is extravagant; when you do, it is tastefulness. When he says what he thinks, he’s spiteful; when you do, you are being frank.

Lack of perspective or a poor perspective often leads to tremendous breakdowns in communication, do you remember the whisper game. The first person whispers a short phrase to the person next to them and that person whispers what they herd to the next. By the time it gets around a small group it is changed or unintelligible from the original whisper.

When you don’t know anything about the subject, it you don’t have an overview of the subject or perception is limited.

Perspective is that word that describes the condition that many of us can readily identify with in our own lives but rarely struggle to understand in another. Perspective influences our actions, our reactions and sometimes even our lack of action. When we look at something in a certain way we have a certain perspective on it – one that is often unique to us alone and rarely duplicated in the way someone else looks at the same thing. Perspective depends on several filters through which it is developed: circumstance, experience, and character. Your perspective is shaped by the circumstances you are in, the experiences you’ve had in the past, and who you perceive yourself to be. To day I want you to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes or at least look through their eyes at the situation. Use their Perspective.

As we approach the Christmas season year after year each one of us have different perspectives on what Christmas is all about. However to a large extent – year after year – our perspective of Christmas risks being affected more and more by the HOSI factor than by any other filter it is derived through. The immense commercialization of the season of Christmas and saturation with Christmas "products" has led to the development of a materialistic perspective of Christmas rather than a perspective that finds its roots in the Word of God or any direct connection to God. Even the news talks about how important the day after thanks giving is for major businesses and the economy. They tend to leave out the reason that the sales madness started.

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