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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Word-Filled Wednesday ~#77~ Focus

"Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known." ~I Cor. 13:12

"Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face;
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.

Keep your eyes upon Jesus
And no man will e'er take His place;
And through ev'ry hour He will give you pow'r
'Til at last, you have run your great race."
Do you wear glasses? I do. And ten years ago, I even "graduated" to bi-focals. They have been one of the hardest necessities I've ever had to get used to, but once I did get used to them, it's very hard to get along without them. 
Now, to find out how powerful to make one's glasses we need to have an eye test. A space-age-looking contraption is posted in front of your face and you, then, look at an eye chart while the Dr. guides your eyes through a range of lenses to see how well you . . . well . . . see. :-) Once your prescription is discovered and you pick out your glasses or contacts, the whole world is now clear and in focus. I can remember getting a new pair of glasses and marveling that I could now see the whites of the eyes of the people on the T.V.! I had no idea that I couldn't see them. As exciting as that was, I now had to make the daily decision to wear my glasses so that I could continue to see clearly or give in to vanity and not to wear them and keep seeing only shadows of what was really in front of me.

That's what happens when we turn our eyes upon Jesus. So many in this world are lost and stumbling around, trying to find truth, trying to find salvation for their souls and they have no idea what they can't see. We all know them. Could it be that we are in their lives to lead them to the Great Physician, the Savior of their souls? How wonderful that our God allows us the privilege of leading others to Him; that they may find salvation through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ ~ that they may clearly see the truth of the gospel

But like those of us who wear glasses, those people may just give in to the lies of vanities offered by this world and turn a blind eye to Jesus. We are called to plant the seeds, to point toward the path ~ God is responsible to make those seeds grow (I Cor. 3:6). 

There are a lot of people stumbling around in the darkness, let us help them focus on Jesus.

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><     


  1. Thanks for a lovely post; I loved reading it.
    I liked the scripture and the analogy. You are right on with this one. We do need to keep our focus on the Savior.
    Blessings to you!

    1. Thank you, LeAnn. I'm glad it ministered to your heart. You are always such an encouragement to me.

      Blessings from Ohio . . .

  2. I certainly can "see" myself in this post! About eight years ago, I really struggled during the first fishing trip of the year. I was wearing glasses to help with distance vision, but was having a lot of difficulty doing the close-up task of tying lures onto the fishing line. I had never noticed a problem with close-up vision before, so, I blamed everything but my vision -- the amount of sunlight, the size of the lure, the size of the line, you name it. Later, it occurred to me that maybe I needed to get new glasses, and sure enough, I needed bifocals. I was upset, until I realized how much they help me. Now I am so thankful for them. I often have trouble with my spiritual vision, as well. I forget to use my Bible, prayer, or being around other believers as a way to help me to see God. I get too focused on earthly things, and then I become envious of others, or selfish. Your blog post has been a set of spiritual bifocals for me today!


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