How to Correct Your Vision

Part of our daughter's back to school preparations included a sports physical along with a vision exam. Her sight is excellent at 20/15. Once my vision was equally as good, but after college  I became nearsighted. The good news is that it is easily corrected. I slip in my contacts or put on my glasses and my vision is perfect again. My husband's vision, on the other hand, is shifting to farsighted. To read small print, he either needs reading glasses or longer arms. 

Did you know that in addition to our physical vision, we each have spiritual sight as well? The clarity of it defines how we look at life.  

Are You Nearsighted? 

A nearsighted vision sees only our immediate situation. It  desires immediate gratification and is easily distressed when circumstances are less than perfect. It's characterized by emotional extremes. When things go well, it's upbeat and ready to tackle the world. But when trials come, it slips readily into fear and anxiety.  Nearsightedness reflects a sight that is focused on today.    

 "Then Jesus said to his disciples: 'Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.' Luke 12:22

Are You Farsighted?

At first glance, farsightedness seems more healthy. It focuses less on our immediate surroundings by keeping our sight set on what lies ahead. But with it we easily overlook the immediate needs around us and forget to appreciate the joys of the now. It fails to appreciate the present. Farsightedness reflects a sight that is focused on someday.    

 "do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interest of others." Phil. 2:4

Perfect Vision

Yet, no matter which vision deficit we have, we can correct it by putting on God's glasses. Through the lens of His word and the Holy Spirit, we are given perfect sight.  We see the needs around us and are moved to action. We live in the moment appreciating God's gifts and sharing love and joy. Regardless of circumstances, we never lose sight of the perfect future we are assured. Through faith, we remain confident that He controls all things ultimately for good. 

Message for the Journey:

When your spiritual vision gets clouded and you lose sight of what is truly important, put on your spiritual glasses and see the world through God's eyes. What your flesh can not see, His word and the Spirit will reveal to you. 

 "Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law." Psalm 119:18

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