'Different Eyes' is about my journey of questioning childhood beliefs, learning to love and rediscovery. My favorite is the title because of it's simplicity. The chorus says, 'We look at the world through different eyes. It's not that you're wrong and I am right. Not every answer is black and white. We look at the world through different eyes.' Years ago I started working with a guy who had very different beliefs than I and who lived his life very differently than I. At first: I didn't think I would like him. He was too different from me. He didn't think like I did. We frequently disagreed. But when I opened my heart; Divine, loving art Painted a picture to see We are all 'People Who Need Love'. Words by Karen Mitchell Copyright 1994 I thought before I met him that I was a loving, accepting person. I realized through this reflexivity process that I was never as loving as I thought I was, i.e., that I was only loving to the degree to which the person I loved shared my thoughts and feelings within a basic 'Christian' framework. In growing to care very deeply for this very different guy, I began to question why I believed what I believed in hopes that he was right and I could abandon some of my Truth. The following poem was written during the process. This Fight I have never questioned my beliefs; I have never wanted to ask 'Why'; I have just accepted them as Truth; Now I face a challenge to defy; I am forcing me to look at me; Deeper than I ever have before; Thinking through the reasons for my faith; Finding a salvation that is sure; And I know my questioning is right; Truth will stand when I have won this fight. Words by Karen Mitchell Copyright 1997 While I had never accepted all the 'do's and don'ts' I was taught as a child, some teachings of my church stayed with me. For example, I had never questioned whether Jesus was the only path to God. I also continued to believe the Bible was God's Word. My friend believed Jesus existed, but not that He was the only way to God. He also didn't think the Bible was anything more than a good piece of sometimes historical literature. Ultimately I have come to the conclusion that there is enough historical evidence to prove Jesus existed as a person, and since I don't think He was a liar or a lunatic, I've concluded He was telling the truth. I tried to run away from the passage, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father but by me.' But for me, I can't. It may be a narrow path but I can't find a way around it.