Seeing clearly

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Is it OK to admit that I need glasses to read? I’ve been blessed to have 20-20 vision my whole life. Now I can’t read anything without help. I have to admit that it was pretty easy to take good vision for granted. Today however is a different story. As a matter of fact, you can’t believe what my house looks like today as it relates to my sight. I have “reading glasses” stashed in every nook and cranny. Inside, outside, every room, each vehicle, computer bag…you name it and you’ll find a cheap pair of glasses there. The “why” is obvious. In any location and at any time, I find it necessary to read with clarity.

I’ve tried squinting my eyes hoping to see better, but with no success. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t want to be seen using glasses. Here’s what I quickly came to realize. I don’t care what I look like, I need something to improve my vision. Glasses for me eliminates blurriness.

Here’s the principle: If you can’t see clearly, you’re more likely to make mistakes. Your reality can be built on false assumptions. You might even  miss sign posts that can help you navigate. Jesus knew this principle well, calling out people who could see, but couldn’t see. They could hear, but couldn’t hear. This is how Jesus put it:

Matthew 13:15 he said, “For the hearts of these people are hardened, and their ears cannot hear, and they have closed their eyes— so their eyes cannot see, and their ears cannot hear, and their hearts cannot understand, and they cannot turn to me and let me heal them.’”

You might not need reading glasses like me, but we all need clarity to sort out and understand life’s demands. The Bible gives the clarity we all need including the ability to navigate life this side of heaven and prepare for life after this. Don’t be content to “squint” in order to get direction. It won’t help.

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