Updated: Jan 28
20/20 vision is a term used to describe what is known as normal vision, or our ability to clearly see 9mm letters or numbers on a chart from 20 feet away. The first 20 represents 20 feet and the second 20 represents what a normal person can see from the distance of 20 feet. If your sight is 20/20 then you have normal vision. If your sight is 20/100 it means that you have to be 20 feet away from an object that a person with normal vision can see from100 feet away. In other words, you are nearsighted.
Nearsightedness (also known as myopia) is an extremely common condition in which the light coming into the eye is not focused correctly on the retina and thus making it difficult to see things far away. It is usually caused by an elongation of the eyeball over time.
As women it is easy to fall into this category of distorted vision. The light represents The Light of God’s Word. When it is not correctly focused on our own spiritual eyes it makes it difficult to see things far away. There are two ways to see this at play in our lives.
First, we tend to focus on what we can see up close which is usually the problem, need, trial, tribulation, lack, request, etc. and all the feelings and emotional baggage that come with these things. This kind of vision is driven by emotions it is prone to doubt, anxiety, depression, hopelessness, and the inability to see a way out. Instead of faith in God and peace of mind we are full of fear, unrest and trepidation. It is impossible to make changes or to continue to grow spiritually if we get distracted by nearsightedness. Notice that the definition states, “it is usually caused by an elongation of the eyeball over time.” One second of worry and focusing more on the problem than on The Problem Solver (God) stretches into days, weeks, and even years. We actually delay our peace and the answers to our prayers by giving in to negative thoughts authored by satan himself and fed by our own flesh instead of believing God at His Word and accepting whatever His answer may be. Dear Sister, God’s Word tells us that…
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
… and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you…Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27
…whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8
…casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5
But without faith it is impossible to please him…he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6
... Therefore, I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. Matthew 11:22-24
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil… Jeremiah 29:11-13.
My brethren count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience… James 12:3-8
…I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content… Philippians 4:11-12
The second way to look at nearsightedness is the need to make EVERYbody happy and to accept EVERYthing. Sister, this can be a pitfall for many of us. Thinking that our happiness is dependent on pleasing everyone and accepting everything can keep us from attaining our goals. We try to see things too broadly. We try to be too “open-minded”. We are willing to stretch our spiritual eyes to welcome in many different belief systems and world views even if they contradict God’s Word believing that God Himself must also be open to many of these same beliefs because He is loving and gracious. Our eyes are so full of this world that we fail to see the end result of eternity. This vision can cause us to make decisions by our feelings, opinions, or the world around us instead of in the love of God’s Word. Sis, I would never tell you how to live your life, but have you asked God what He truly feels about all the belief systems you hold? Have you searched His word to find out if it is your responsibility to make everyone happy or God alone? This is a second way that we sabotage real change in our lives. We get so mixed up with all of these other things that they become a distraction from the primary goal to be more like Christ.
…We ought to obey God rather than men. Acts 5:29
… for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10
For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law… Matthew 10:35-37
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:5
Christ loved the captive, but He never intended to leave him bound. He came to set them free. Christ loved the publicans, sinners, diseased, the ignorant, unlearned and the broken, but He did not leave them in that state. He radically changed their lives to reflect His Word, His Will and His Purposes. This is what brought them true happiness. Real change not just the acceptance of their existence. In an effort to please everyone and accept all things we could really be part of their long-term unhappiness and eternal separation from God. Let us be careful to see people, our beliefs, and what we are willing to do to make others happy through the eyes of Christ. Let us be God’s examples that lead others to God and the freedom that Jesus Christ died for.
Dear Sister, may I leave you with this thought? My eyes will not focus only on what I see now in front of me causing me to be filled with emotions that are self-sabotaging and keep me from true faith in God, but I will believe that God is working on my behalf and whatever the outcome God will work all things towards my good in the end and He will get all the glory! I will also stay in God’s Word so that my world views are in-line with God’s. I am also free from the need tao please everyone around me and make them happy at the expense of hurting God and myself.
Dear God, please help My Sister to truly believe this statement no matter what lies the enemy throws at her. Help her to use the Shield of Faith to deflect the fiery darts of doubt, the Helmet of Salvation to guard her mind. The Belt of Truth to guide her world views. The Sword of the Spirit to fight back and win. And, lastly may the Sandals of Peace follow her ever step as she follows Your every step. In Jesus name, Amen.
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