One of the most common things to hear among Christians are statements like “I want to get closer to God”, or “I want to serve God more” etc. These are wonderful statements undoubtedly said with admirable intentions (or hopefully they are).
But in reality, the focus is still coming from a self-centered individual. A Christian (or otherwise devout theist of a particular sort) will likely agree that a primary goal of a Christian is to take on a new perspective, a Godly perspective. This kind of shift doesn’t so much necessitate a constant focus on the person (or object, if you will), but on that person’s perspective. The individual sees everything differently, whether or not the source of his/her new perspective is in view. In truth, God doesn’t necessarily have a physical appearance anyway (at least not one we practically relate to), but He does have a perspective on things. One way of getting to know God (or any person) is to begin to see things the way he/she does. Once a level of intimacy is reached with that person, responses begin to sound like his or hers, actions follow in their style, and even subtle habits fill out the peripheral dimensions of the individual’s lifestyle.
True intimacy communicates a shared view of the world. While individuals may not always have each other plastered in their minds, their decisions, actions and mannerisms indicate a distinct centeredness. Since I am a 3d artist, I will use a logistical example. Any given object in 3d space has an origin that defines how the objects rotates. If the origin rests in the center of the objects direct geometry, the object rotates locally. Beyond this, objects can be grouped together, and the origin can be set at the center of a group of objects. The group then rotates based on it’s local origin point. But if the origin rest outside of the object (or local group), the object is defined by where the origin is set. If the origin is set on another object, the orientation of the object is defined by the location, scale and rotation of that other object. Interestingly, local objects can still be locally oriented by their immediate geometry, but no longer have the individualistic freedom outside of It’s origin-based other object.
Translating the this example to the topic at hand, individuals are said (according to a popular theological doctrine) to be born with a self-centered perspective (some would say ‘nature’). This is supposedly a viable option for many, but Christians (or certain theists) recognize this as a disastrous lifestyle direction. Though individuals have developed strategies for engaging in relatively successful perspectives of others, there is always individually developed worldviews and personal bias. Everyone has an ideal picture of the world, and each facet within it. Contrary to this orientation, a God-centered perspective allows individuals to see things from a top-down, objective standpoint. Of course, not everyone perceives God as having the same kind of personality (a.k.a “loving”). For those who imagine God having a vengeful perspective of the world, or even a detached perspective, self-centered might even be reasoned as better. But this is rare I think.
In the end, the best way to convey a perspective that isn’t self-centered isn’t necessarily to reinforce God as in it constantly. It is to perceive the things that God sees, is moved by, and is responsive to. This naturally assumes an providentially-active character of God who desiring the best for each person bearing His image.