Today I'm so excited to have my good writing pal, Jeanne Takenaka, on my blog! Jeanne and I met through My Book Therapy and the blogosphere, and in person for the first time at the American Christian Fiction Writers conference last year in Dallas. We'll be rooming together at an upcoming MBT retreat. She's super sweet and I'm super excited she's here!
Because I am certain this will be the visit where the good doctor says, "You're going to need some glasses. Here's your prescription. Take two lenses and call me in the morning."
Okay, he may not say those exact words, but I know glasses are in my near future. I now need brighter light to read those impossibly small ingredient lists on the back of food packaging. My elbows get lots of exercise as I move them further out and then closer in to focus on the fine print on labels. It seems like it was only last month when they were simple to read.
My glasses-free days are numbered.
That got me thinking about my spiritual eyes. Do I ever need "glasses" to help me see situations in my life more clearly? As I thought about when my eyes have trouble seeing through the proper lens, I realized sometimes, unforgiveness blurs my vision. When I am angry with someone, when my feelings get hurt, it is easy for me to see everything in my life through the lens of pain.
Just as an ophthalmologist helps my physical eyes see better with a lens correction, so God enables me to view people and cirucmstances as they really are by adjusting my perspective.
But, I must be willing to give Him my current glasses--hurt and anger--and ask Him to change my heart toward the person who caused it. It takes time for that shift to occur, but if I will leave the situation in His hands, God is always good about making the fix.
Your Turn: What are your thoughts on glasses? When have you had a perspective adjustment that helped you to "see" better?
Jeanne Takenaka writes women's fiction that deals with real life issues with a heart to draw women closer to God and to those around them. She is wife to one amazing man who is her real life hero, and mother to two exuberant boys who hope to one day have a dog of their own. She loves being God's girl, always learning about His grace, hanging out with friends, and enjoying a great cup of coffee. She and her family live near the mountains of Colorado. She is a member of ACFW and My Book Therapy Voices. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter (@JeanneTakenaka), and her blog.