September 23, 2010 | 03:00 am

Thursday – A Different Vantage Point

In Luke 16:19-31, Jesus creates an interesting scenario. There is a rich man who routinely ignores a poor man loitering outside his property. All the poor man hoped for was scraps of food. The rich man and the poor man die. The rich man ends up in Hades, and from there he can see the poor man above in paradise. From this vantage point, the rich man sees his life for what it had been. He had so focused on satiating his daily desires that he forgot what his larger priorities should have been. The moral of the story: the rich man would not have sacrificed fulfillment by living differently. Instead he would have experienced a fulfillment that endures. Sometimes we need a different vantage point to see more clearly what brings fullness to life and what diminishes it.