My wife is an optometrist, and I know how much she loves helping people see clearly. She went on a few mission trips to Africa where she witnesses people being able to see nature, family, and friends for the very first time. I’m sure it’s an awesome experience to help and then witness those folks who get things put into perspective for them for the very first time.
Well, I’m in a different type of work, but I also try to help people see things clearly. And, on occasion, I get the front row seat to someone who has been refocused and view things from a different perspective as well. The main difference between what I do and what my wife does is found in this verse below:
2 Corinthians 4:16 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. 17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
Yes, I’m the guy that tries to persuade you to set your eyes on something that cannot be seen…when I ask 1 or 2…3 or 4…there may not be anything reflected in your eyes, but I assure you there is indeed something upon which to focus. Sometimes I wish I could just refract the eyes myself, like my wife does, and then write the prescription so that everyone I visit with and talk to would be able to see clearly. But, even in her line of work, the right pair of glasses need to be worn and not lost. Contact lenses need to be taken care of and properly inserted to do what they are intended to do.
Life has troubles, it has pains and hurts. We suffer from all sorts of things and get bombarded about other things. Athletes get older, beauty fades, skin sags, hair disappears, minds wonder, and life has a way of taking its toll on us. But let me help out by giving you an eye exam…because I am interested in improving your vision. You see, all of those things are meant to fade away and go away, but there are things that last forever. We need to fix our gaze on these things. So, take off that old pair of glasses and let me put some new ones on ya!!
So, what is going to last forever?
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