Proper Vision

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.

While I Was Reading

I am currently re-reading one of my favorite books, The Lord Of The Rings. Although it was broken up into, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. Tolkien himself always intended for it to be a single book. If you have never read this literary masterpiece I highly recommend it!

Anyway, while I have been reading I have, again, realized just how quotable Tolkien is and how deeply relatable his characters are. As I read for fun I don’t want to read to just simply escape reality. (Read my thoughts on that topic here.) Instead, I want to read everything, even fiction, with purpose. I want my stories to teach me something and remind me of my own reality. (The good stories will always do just that.) Today, I wanted to share a couple of quotes with you that recently impacted me.

The first quote is the ever-wise Gandalf in response to Frodo’s questioning why he was chosen for such a great task.

“‘Why was I chosen?’ ‘Such questions cannot be answered,’ said Gandalf. ‘You may be sure that it was not for any merit that others do not possess: not for power or wisdom, at any rate. But you have been chosen, and you must, therefore, use such strength and heart and wits as you have.’”

These words greatly remind me of God’s interaction with Abraham in Genesis 12-17. God chose Abraham, not because he was a great man of great strength with great faith or great stature. God just simply chose him. After God chose Abraham He blessed him and, in turn, used him to bless the entire world. Similarly, God chose and used Moses, imperfections and all, to lead His people out of captivity and right up to the doorstep of the Promised Land.

In the New Testament, in Romans 8:30 and Ephesians 2:8-9 we find that God is consistent. People are not saved because of personal merit or works, but rather by the grace of God alone. And Ephesians 2:10 encourages those that have been chosen and saved by grace to produce “good works” as a result.

Frodo was very weak; however, he was still “chosen” for a great purpose -to destroy the evil ring. We are very weak; however, we have still been chosen for a great purpose -to glorify God and to tell the world about Jesus and His love.

The second quote I want to bring up is spoken by Aragorn when he is trying to ignite courage in the face of almost certain doom.

“Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.”

As I read this I can’t help but ask myself the question, “Do I do what I do to get recognition and pats on the back? Or do I do it because God has called me to faithfully serve Him?”

Galatians 1:10 makes it clear that if our intentions are to please people then we cannot truly be servants of Christ. And Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.”

We need to do the right thing even if no one is watching and waiting to sing our praises.

The reality is that God is always watching, and His opinion of us is all that really matters anyway. Everything that we think, say, and do should be for God’s glory even when its not popular and especially when we do not receive recognition for it.

The purpose of sharing these quotes is to first, show how they remind me of great truth found in God’s Word. The second reason is to remind all of us how we can take everyday life and situations and think of them with a biblical mindset. That’s why I created this blog in the first place. Everyday life from a biblical perspective.

What is something that you have read, or seen, or heard lately that reminds you of our awesome God?