This past summer and early fall, I was hooked on a murder mystery series, received several novels to load on my Kindle, and participated on book launch teams. At one point, my eyes were dry and fatigued from reading. The print began to blur.

I took off my glasses, rubbed my eyes, and blinked. It took a while, but the lines on the screen assumed their rightful position. Later, as I glanced up at my TV screen, I noticed the images were much clearer to me without my glasses. I made an appointment with an ophthalmologist who declared I had 20/20 vision. Yes, I read the smallest line on the eye chart without glasses. What? I’ve worn glasses or contacts for over fifty years. I didn’t have a miracle healing, but I am the recipient of “second sight”—a temporary change in vision during early cataract development. Cataracts apparently, change the way light refracts through the lens and the result is vision improvement.

I moved into 2020 with 20/20 vision.

Many people set goals, make resolutions, or choose a word, motto, or Bible verse to live by. (click on the links for information) As they do, they have a vision for direction and how they want to live. When December 31 arrives, they hope to look back and see life change because of intentional choices.

After prayer and confirmation through reading over several weeks, I chose my word: “life”.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10 (ESV

It’s a key verse in scripture with life-changing consequences. My questions this year will be: What steals time, kills joy, or destroys purpose? Is what I’m doing necessary, urgent, or a priority so I can “…take hold of the life that is truly life.” (1 Timothy 6:19 NIV)

And I’m asking, What interferes with that which is life-giving and then becomes life draining? How will I filter decisions and make choices? Where do I need to shift perspective, change attitudes, say “no” or “yes”?

With 20/20 vision I hope to see more clearly, even if it means revisiting and using a “second sight” to change and correct a course.  When I look back on December 31, I hope to see I took hold of life to its fullest.

What about you and your 2020 vision? It’s the end of January with eleven months ahead. Did you choose a word, theme, motto, or verse? Or are you thinking about it? Share how you chose it and what you hope to see.

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