I must have eaten a lot of carrots as a kid because I have always had good eyesight. My 20/20 vision has always been something I’ve been proud of. Many of the people I know have glasses or use contact lenses. Not me. I have never needed them. The only glasses I use are the sun-kind. That bright ball in the sky is quite harsh on my baby blues so I try my best to protect them.
But with that said, as I am writing this, I am wearing glasses.
Let me explain.
Recently I purchased a pair of “blue light” glasses. The claim of these glasses if that they will cut down on the harmful blue light that screens give off. I spend a tremendous amount of time looking at my computer or phone screens and I was finding myself getting a ton of headaches as a result. So now, I wear them when I am looking at a computer screen for an extended period of time. It has only been a few days, so it’s still to be determined if they will actually be a help.
So, as I fiddle with new glasses on my face, I have been finding myself thinking more and more about vision. And boy, do we need to see clearly at this time.
I can’t help but think of the irony that just a few months ago many pastors, including myself, were turning phrases such as, “2020 is the year of clear vision for our church.” Little did we expect that we would be hit with something none of us could see coming.
But we still need vision. We still need to keep looking forward. We still need to pray that God would give us clear eyes.
Because we need His vision moving forward as we move to figure out how and when to reopen our churches, how to celebrate birthday parties, how to do weddings and funerals, and how to connect and love our neighbors well.
Just as I am trying to use these new glasses in order to take away the harmful “blue light” we need to pray and ask God to help us see things through His lenses. When we allow God to take away the things that might causes us harm (our pride, presuppositions, political bent, fear, etc.) that is when we can see clearly and then act with discernment.
As we walk into these next few weeks and months let’s consider the following;
- Is what I am about to post on social media honoring to God?
- Is what I am about to post on social media going to help or harm the cause of sharing the Gospel?
- Do my words and actions reflect the heart of Christ?
- Am I willing to extend grace to people who view things differently than me?
- Am I willing to admit if I am wrong?
- Will I help where needed, or will I just point and blame?
- Will I complain about my circumstances, or will I allow God to use me in spite of them.
The road up ahead is anything but clear.
We need to pray for God to guide us, to give us wisdom, and to see things the way He wants us to see them.