What do you see? When we go to the eye doctor, we are given a chart. We are asked to read the smallest line. We are asked, “what do you see?” Sometimes I am trying to focus and can make out some small letters and I feel accomplished. But more often, I want to ask to be able to use both my eyes, I see better with them both. I notice how weak one eye is compared to another. I notice that as I get older, the small print becomes just a bit of a blur. I notice things change. What do I see? I see less than I want.
When we begin our day, what do we see? What is it that has our focus? What holds our attention? Is it our problems that we see? Do we see clearly all of the stressful things which await our attention? Do we see the stack of work to complete? Do we see our troubles and our anxiety staring us as we begin a new day? It can be easy for that to come into clear focus. It can consume our vision. But what if the glasses are changed and we shift our focus, if just for a moment? What if we begin to see something new and different?
What if we change our vision just slightly and see what is all around the problems? We might see the beauty of a new day. We might notice the gifts contained in these opportunities. We may notice that we have way more to look forward to than we would have imagined. We might even find ourselves smiling at what is to come. For there is still joy, there is still love, there is still peace. It may not be the first thing which comes into focus, but it is definitely there. Maybe we work on our sight…good things await.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
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