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The Lens Through Which We View the World

BY LEANN DILBECK –

I opened my eyes and as they slowly adjusted to the light, they began to see… clearly. Colors were more vibrant. My eyes scanned from one object to another as my mind tried to process this new reality. I could actually see the people on the TV and I could read the scrolling news bar. I could read the sign outside the hotel window. My eyes weld up with tears as my husband entered the room. He worried, “Are you ok? Do you hurt? Do you need more drops?”  And I explained that I was fine… they were happy tears.

The morning before had begun as such a blur, quite literally. But within the course of less than 24 hours, and with the expertise of an amazing doctor and today’s technology, my life had been transformed.

My vision had steadily worsened over a 15-year period to the point, that I was completely dependent on corrective lenses. Glasses were always strategically placed right on the nightstand because functioning without them just simply wasn’t possible. I was able to wear contacts most of the time but I struggled with dry eyes and just constant eye fatigue. An ophthalmologist encouraged me to consider LASIK, saying I was the perfect candidate and that it would truly be “life-changing.” And, there’s hardly a day, almost 18 months later that I don’t think about just how life changing it is has been for me. With a short 15-20 minute procedure, the lens in which I see the world is now perfect… 20/20 perfect. Grateful seems too small a word.

Our life events shape the lens in which we see the world, some we are responsible for, and others, we are not. Wouldn’t it be awesome if there was a short, simple procedure that could take events that were less than perfect and re-shape them, like they did my cornea? To have something flawed… blurry… and maybe even painful and out of your control, but now you can see its perfection clearly? Or, would it? It’s all about our focus.

We can dwell on all of our own imperfections or everything that has been less than ideal in our lives and let that define us with a defeatist lens of the world. OR, we can choose the lens of the victor.

Maybe you were teased because you grew up poor? Maybe you grew up in a broken home, tossed from one parent to another, or with no parents? Maybe you survived a tragic event? The internet is full of self help blogs, the power of positive thinking, and $9.95 subscriptions to a “better you.” They may work as band-aids but you will have to reach for those lenses each and every day. Your view won’t be permanently changed until your complete focus is on our Lord Jesus Christ. He and only He alone can bring the clarity that you are seeking. He and only He alone can bring you a clear focus. He and only He alone can deliver a vibrant vision.

It’s all about what we choose to focus on… in our own selves and each other.

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is [a]lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, [b]dwell on these things. Philippians 4:8

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