I was so excited when my mom let us buy a kaleidoscope at Park’s where we shopped on Saturday afternoons. It was one of my favorite toys ever! I’m pretty sure I didn’t share well with my sisters. I would sit for hours and slowly turn the kaleidoscope and experience the wonders of color and design. What can be seen with each turn is unique and beautiful. I haven’t had a kaleidoscope for years and years, but I truly believe I would receive as much enjoyment now from one as I did in my childhood.
When I consider the make-up of the kaleidoscope, I am curious about how the colorful pieces stay in place and create logical, intricate patterns. Another person could take the same kaleidoscope and the fancywork they observe would be unlike what I see. Things would catch their eye that I didn’t even notice. Colors would stand out that I never detected. The designs would be perceived in vastly different ways.
I was reminded of the diversity of a kaleidoscope during a recent conversation about “who people think I am.” Time and circumstances carry us into many relationships. Daughter, sister, aunt, granddaughter, cousin, friend, and teacher. Beyond the core relationship, these people would describe me using many a myriad of adjectives and character traits. The people I am closest to see things in me that they love and are drawn to. Sometimes, they point out qualities in me that I have never thought about—strong spirit, tender heart, sassy... This is because they all see me through a different set of eyes under varying circumstances. Above all, God placed me here on earth to touch the lives of other individuals. Those individuals should be honored and encouraged in Philippians 2:4 “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Romans 12:10 urges, “Be devoted to another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”