Recently I was frustrated while searching for a quest item in one of those large-world video games. The map showed the item as a little circle, with the icon representing my position at the very same spot.

I looked everywhere, but the quest item was nowhere — not on a shelf, not in a box, not on the vicious enemies attacking me — nowhere. I eventually found the item in a room three floors above. On the two-dimensional game-map, we appeared to be in the same room together, but in the three dimensional game-reality, we were far, far apart.

This same frustration is playing out in the game going on around us. Two people can be standing side by side in the same room at the same time and experience realities far, far apart. It is possible to live in the same location, at the same time, but not at the same perspective.

Frustration comes because your “location” along this perspective axis is far more important than your location in space and time. I once lived near a county stock car race track where the noise bothered my sleep, but one day met someone who loved the noise for its energy and excitement. Perspective axis.

Past generations understood this vital perspective axis far better than we do today. There was respect for each other’s unique perspective. Much time was spent discussing perspectives. The art of “rhetoric” “persuades” people to move in this perspective dimension.

In a classical education, grammar (say what you mean and understand the meaning of what others say), logic (what you say follows reason) and rhetoric (wielding the power of words) are the prerequisites to mathematics, science, music and astronomy.

The next time you experience frustration in your quest, perhaps your item is at a different location along this invisible axis. The tools used to understand this dimension ARE FROM that dimension: truth, patience, understanding, respect, curiosity, kindness, and wisdom. To us, this dimension is dark and hazy, but to Jesus it is lit up like noonday. Ask Jesus to lead you to your quest item.

in John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Jim Benson serves as pastor at Viola Bible Church. Pulpit runs on the Saturday faith pages and features reflections from area religious leaders. To contribute, contact Life Editor Jeff Pieters at 285-7748 or

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