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Vantage Point

January 8, 2013 by  
Filed under Monthly Articles, Testimonies

by Mary Ellen Shedron

Six ounce bag of lettuce $1. The grocery list couldn’t have been more explicit.  But the problem was, I couldn’t find a 6 ounce bag of lettuce and there certainly weren’t any signs posted advertising the sale.  I didn’t bother looking at the grocery ad I had with me. It was much easier to pick up the cell phone and call home.

“Are you sure it’s a 6 ounce bag of lettuce?”, I asked. “I’m not seeing any bags that are 6 ounces and I don’t see any signs here in the produce area”.  The grocery list’s author assured me it was a 6-ounce bag and then instructed me to look at the back page of the grocery ad.  “OK, I’ll keep looking,” I said, and quickly ended the conversation.

Sure enough, the back page of the ad showed 6 ounce bags of lettuce. I looked down the row of bagged lettuce and scanned all the signs I could see. No 6 ounce bags of lettuce in sight.

Then, I happened to look up.

Directly above me, on the top shelf of the produce display was a sign “Six ounce bag bagged lettuce $1.”

I stood up from my seat on the motorized grocery cart, balanced myself with my cane and grabbed a 6 ounce bag of lettuce, put it in the cart, sat down and scratched that item from my list.

From my vantage point, neither the sale sign nor the product were readily visible. Seated on the cart, my vantage point was considerably lower than customers using regular shopping carts.

How often do we go about the busyness of daily living, seeing only things from our vantage point? Our vantage point is not only from where we view life, but where we’re comfortable viewing life.

  • Other cultures?  That’s something missionaries really get into.  They go live and work with those people in countries I’ve never heard of.
  • The homeless?  There’s shelters for those people.  I think some churches have volunteers who go and serve meals to those people at the shelters.
  • Pregnant teens?  I have a friend who serves on the board of directors for a group home for those kids.
  • Domestic abuse victims?  There’s an organization in the next county that helps those women.  They make products to sell, like soups and stuff.  At Christmas they have a big sale.  I’ve bought gifts there a couple times.

What would happen if we changed our vantage point?  “Show me your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths.”  Psalm 25:4

If we looked up to God for direction, He would open our eyes to see those from other cultures, the homeless, pregnant teens and domestic abuse victims as people He created. People just like me and you.  “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10

Living as a born-again Christian, may my vantage point always be to “Live in harmony with one another …”  1Peter3:8 and to “Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.”   Luke 6:36


Mary Ellen ShedronMary Ellen Shedron  A 23-year career journalist in print/broadcast/web, Mary Ellen pursues God’s heart and her passion for encouragement writing. At 50-something, Mary Ellen is single and wonderfully blessed with family and friends who help her battle multiple sclerosis.



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