"I have learned not to look through the eyes of circumstance but rather look through the eyes of God. It has changed what I see." These words were spoken to me by a friend whose wife had experienced extended and severe medical difficulty. The "eye glasses" we chose will determine what and how clearly we view the circumstances around us.

In our house, a pair of reading glasses can be found in virtually every room. I seem to pick them up and set them down everywhere. However, on occasion, I accidentally pick up my wife's very strong near-sighted glasses, deeply distorting my surroundings. Again, choosing the correct "eye glasses" determines our reaction to the world around us.

As I listen to TV or read news articles, I am reminded that what people accept as truth is the basis of their thought and action. A person's belief system is indeed the "eye glasses" through which they "see". Listening to political discussions certainly reinforces this concept.

Spiritually, what we "see" is totally driven by what we believe. Jesus taught this concept to His disciples during the illness, death and raising of Lazarus. In John 11:40 Jesus says,

"Did I not tell you that if you believed [in Me] you would see the glory of God?"

The "eye glasses" of believing and trusting in the reality of Jesus changes what we see and how we respond. Knowing what Jesus taught and what He did brings new sight. . . "spiritual eye glasses" for eternal perspective.

This week, let us make sure that we are wearing the correct "eye glasses" as we view others and the circumstances around us.


Sharing the journey with you,

Bob Snyder