How’s Your View?

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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer

The first time my California Cowboy visited Greeley, Colorado, his nose told him he’d never live there. Lots of feed lots in that part of the country.

That’s the smell of money,” an old timer said. “You’ll get used to it.”

He did.

So did I. After the wedding, we made our first home near Greeley, and I never smelled the feedlots again.

The ability to acclimate is a wonderful thing.


Sometimes we adapt to aspects of our environment that aren’t beneficial. We go numb, deaf, or blind to negative influences that can restrict our receptivity and faith.

This point became startlingly clear to me last week upon the arrival of new windows for our living room.

We were so used to our old double-pane glass that had lost its luster (and seal), that we didn’t know what we were missing. No matter how I washed the old windows, the view was never clear.

When the windows were replaced, I was stunned. I’d become so accustomed to the old view that I was overwhelmed by the new. For too long, I’d been “looking through a glass darkly.”

Some things just have to be replaced if we want to see the truth.

That’s what Jesus does for us. He takes away the old and gives us the new.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new (2 Corinthians 5:17).

We have an even better view to look forward to someday when we see our Lord “face to face” rather than through that glass darkly (1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV).

Until then, let’s not acclimate so well to the morals and manners of our worldly environment that we lose sight of what the truth really is.


I’d become so accustomed to the old view that I was overwhelmed by the new. Share on X Some things have to be replaced if we want to see the truth. Share on X


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Stunned by the view from her window, she surveyed the yard below, blanketed in solid white.  ~An Improper Proposal







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4 thoughts on “How’s Your View?

  1. Jenny Berlin

    I laughed when I read this post! When my son was in high school we drove up to Greeley to visit UNC, and encountered the Greeley aroma for the first time. My son demanded we turn around and go back to Denver; he was certain he could never live there. I insisted we keep our appointment to tour the school. After a few hours (and a more favorable wind direction) we got used to it, and discovered Greeley is a lovely community. Thanks for a nice post, and for bringing back a memory I’d almost forgotten.

    1. davalynn

      Jenny – it was fun to read your comment. Both my husband and I graduated from UNC. Yes, Greeley was a great place to live. Thanks for reading!

  2. Carlyn Bailey

    Words of wisdom here. No matter where you live, this lesson of ‘clean windows’ you can relate to. Even more so, are the clean windows of our souls. The world has always been wicked with morality problems, but there also have been great men and women of God to keep the love of God flowing. We take the Bible for granted, but I read where there were men and women who died so that we could have this word of God in our homes.

    1. davalynn

      So true, Carlyn. I’m grateful that God made provision for a clear view.


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