How does replacing glasses affect your perspective?
When my niece visited a few weeks ago, her eyeglasses fell apart. She taped them together to try and make due until she returned home, but the tape didn’t hold. The glasses moved on her nose and her vision was impaired. We shopped for a replacement for her readers and life was good. She could see!
That experience led me to thoughts about vision impairment and perspective.
Our perspective has the potential to disable or encourage us.
A dear friend-a new widow-told me, “I’m trying to be brave.” Her loss is real, but she is “taking courage” each day-actually, each moment, to move forward. (Psalm 31:24)
Several friends have sent children go off to college. They wonder if they will find the wrong crowd, struggle in their classes, will be excluded, or find friends. We may worry…or fear…or pray. Our decision affects how we live our days. Ephesians 6:11ff)
We question our future—maybe our present—and have doubts and concerns about real challenges. Will we get through? Do we wear broken glasses or determine to believe God will give wisdom and He is not the author of fear? (James 1:5), (2 Timothy 1:7)
We look at the facts of an unfortunate situation or a relationship affecting our thinking and attitude. Do we replay the events and dialogue in our mind or choose to take our thoughts captive to Christ and trust Him? (2 Corinthians 10:5; Proverbs 29:25)
How often do we wear broken glasses? We attempt to repair with tape but the placement on our nose affects accuracy.We touch to adjust. It’s distracting and annoying.
“Your focus will determine your feelings.” Rick Warren.
We believe lies instead of truth.
We look at circumstances instead of the One who sees every detail and purpose in them.
We embrace fear instead of trust.
We choose anxiety over peace.
My niece and I shopped for a replacement pair of glasses. They were the right fit and vision was improved. She could actually see what she was doing at the computer to get her boarding passes for her return flight.