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Clean Your Lenses, Change Your Life

The eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is clear, your whole body also is full of light; but when it is bad, your body is also full of darkness. – Luke 11:34

My eyeglasses are perpetually dirty. How they get dirty is still a mystery to me and most of the time I don’t realize how dirty they are until my husband tells me to clean them. They get smeared and speckled with whatever I come across in my day, I suppose. But no matter the culprit, I'm still seeing a slightly smudged view of the world. This is not a crisis for me. Its only a pair of glasses.

But what happens to our vision when our lives get smeared? It happens to all of us.

The way we live our lives determines how clearly we see the world and how easily we hear from God.

For instance, when we are:

  • too busy or too cluttered, we lose sight of our long-term goals
  • disobedient to God's commandments, we lose sight of what is right and wrong
  • caught up in emotional pain, we lose sight of reality.

Each of these things causes us to see the world differently because each also blocks the Light of God from reaching our hearts and minds and we stumble around in the dark.

How dirty is your lens to the world and the lens to your soul? What can you do today to start allowing the light in to your darkness? Take one small step today to wipe them clean. Then, prepare to see a whole new world.

Judging With the Whole Truth

3 And He will delight in the fear of the Lord and He will not judge what His eyes see, nor make a decision by what His eyes hear; 4 But with righteousness He will judge the poor, and decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth. (Isaiah 11:3-4a)
Think back to a time where you were misunderstood by someone you cared about. If you can't think of one, maybe a time comes to mind where you were the judgmental one. How did the situation turn out?
Taken to the extreme, a misunderstanding between two people can end a relationship of any kind if both parties can't put all of the facts on the table and sort through them objectively to find the truth.
Its no wonder Jesus warns us to be careful of passing judgment on someone else's character or motives for doing the things they do. We seldom take the time in discussion to get all of the facts...and we get the judgment wrong.
Things with other people are not always as they appear. The whole truth is seldom out in the open.
With others, we are challenged by our impatience and blinded by our own perception of reality. Without due diligence, we interpret another's actions based upon our view of how the world works and then label what we see. Then...we assume we are right and dig our heels in for the fight.
Things don't have to be this way.
God doesn't want things to be this way, especially for those within the church. He says through His prophet Isaiah that the Judge Jesus will one day return to earth with perfect compassion, patience and discernment. In perfect righteousness and perception, Jesus will judge, seeing through the external sights and sounds, into the hearts of men. He will judge in perfect righteousness because He is able to see the whole truth.
Finally, all things will be as they should be, with no more tears or suffering caused by wrongful judgments.
Let's seek God together so we can see things as they really are. The people in our lives do not need Judge Janna or Judge ________<your name>. They need our love and our understanding. What will you do today to see things as they really are?
Do you have an experience to share? If so, leave a comment below.