Sometimes all we need is a new perspective! I found myself recently attempting to read the smallest print accurately at the yearly optometrist visit. I thought it was going well until the dreaded “for your age” phrase was part of the assessment. Really? Isn’t simply driving home impaired with dilation enough to manage in this phase of life? I think we would all agree that we seek a “clearer tomorrow,” but do we seek clarity and spiritual vision from the world’s “I” chart or through the lens of the Holy Spirit? And do we often fail to even seek correction? Undoubtedly, yes we do!
Developing kingdom vision is the only 20/20 accuracy that serves us or others in the blurred culture we find ourselves trying to navigate. Sure, we can opt for the latest shades or frames to accessorize, but if they aren’t spiritual prescriptions, we will always require an upgrade. Even before attempting to cover one eye and read the letters, we might do well to evaluate our near- or far-sightedness.
Do we live well (content and joyful) in the “not yet” seasons of life? Do we stumble through our present, only in anticipation of a final destination? It’s a medical fact that as light is introduced to the pupil, it narrows. Perhaps as we allow the Light of the World, Jesus, to illuminate our vision, we might think of ourselves less. (Wink)
We are commanded to SEE the precious souls around us, and to offer the lens of compassion, service, hope and the gospel to those straining to read today’s headlines.
Sure, all too often our view is contaminated by the people who have failed us and were supposed to love us and lead us but didn’t. Isn’t it just like God to redirect our focus on Jesus?
Philippians 4:9 says, “Practice what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and model your way of living on it, and the God of peace will be with you.” If this verse Philippians embraces anything, it’s JOY! When we demonstrate joy IN the blurry days, and DURING the double vision, others will SEE Jesus.
May we place Christ in the crosshairs of our todays and keep our heavenly passports handy. That prescription covers it well.
And check your calendar. You just might be due for an I-exam.