If you’re a fan of movies with special effects, the chances are good your eyes have been tricked by forced perspectives and optical illusions. These techniques utilize scaled objects, color, brightness, and positioning to manipulate the way our eyes and brains work together to perceive things. Take a look at some basic examples below:
A “giant” tourist appears to hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
6 or 7? There appear to be 7 if you count points, but only 6 if you count the erasers.
At first you probably see a man’s profile, but tilt your head to the right and you will see a word.
But if we can be so easily manipulated by photos and drawings, could our perceptions about more important matters be skewed? Most likely. We can view the world through any number of lenses, but we only see accurately when we see through the eyes of God.
Although we begin developing a worldview from the time we are born, much is shaped during the tween years – typically a time of physical change, emotional upheaval, and spiritual questions. Whether you’re a tween or the parent of a tween, you know this season can be overwhelming. But you’re not in it alone. Your church family has your back.
An upcoming retreat for Middle Schoolers has been designed to help tweens develop the right “lenses” through which to view what matters most – God, self, and others. Central’s 5th and 6th graders will explore three main principles of God’s original plan for the world as found in the opening chapters of Genesis:
- We are formed by God in His image to care for and develop His creation.
- God pursues a unique relationship with each of us.
- We are hardwired for friendship with others – some of which may culminate in marriage – a covenantal and complementary relationship between one man and one woman with God at the center.
Lenses, our all-new overnight retreat, happens Friday evening and all day Saturday February 12-13 at Camp Siloam. The weekend will be filled with team building activities, large group presentations, and small group discussions for tweens. Parents will take part in a corresponding component Friday evening on the Central campus. The cost is $80 for this overnight event. More information and registration are available here.
Director of Children’s Ministries