Cleaning the Glasses

One of the joys (insert sarcasm) for me in turning 43 was a new, lovely (more sarcasm) fuzziness of things/words close to me. So now I have the luxury (yep, here too) of wearing reading glasses when I read or quilt, etc. Woo hoo! And one day, I put my glasses on to quilt and things were still fuzzy. I read and the words were fuzzy. So, assuming my eyesight was worsening, I started to be annoyed until I realized that my glasses had been smudged by fingerprints or some other obnoxious thing. I cleaned them and all was right again (or as right as possible having to wear reading glasses-Oy!). And I realized that we do that in life too. We see things flawed or skewed when in reality, we have some issues to clean up in the lenses of our minds. You see, how we view the world has everything to do with (directly proportional to) how much we clean up our hearts and minds. Truth is the great cleaning tool for this, found in the Bible, with a healthy heaping of love and prayer with God. When purified/cleaned, we see things differently, and our goal is to be so pure we see with the eyes of Jesus Christ. Then we understand what we need to do to help and why and how. This is a truly fantastic thing! ❤❤❤

The Glasses of the Mind

When I was out walking the dog this morning at 7:30am, my new routine, I knew the sun was just coming up so threw on my sunglasses. As I was walking her, the sun went behind a cloud and a fog rolled in. Not thinking of it, I still had my sunglasses on and they also became cloudy. It took me a few minutes to realize it because it was gradual. I took my glasses off and was amazed at the clarity. And the Holy Spirit spoke to me in my heart and said that is what sin does. And if you think about it, we all have a pair of glasses in our minds God builds into us. Our job is to worship Him and fill our minds with truth that keeps those glasses clean so we can see with pure eyes the world He made to enjoy. What sin does is sneak in a little at a time and add a little fog or dirt or since to those glasses in our minds to where our vision becomes skewed and we don’t even realize it. The most harmful lies are those the enemy plants into our mind and we accept them as a part of ourselves and see everything through that distortion. These damages harm us most and hinder us from being able to share truth with others well because truth isn’t truth anymore. We don’t realize it but truth that is tainted is no longer the absolute truth, it is your new truth which isn’t the same. To get back to the truth of God and to become effective again and not be hindered in your walk and relationship with God, you have to do what would have kept you pure in your vision, which is worship and fill your mind with God’s truth found in His Word and prayer to Him. God is the giver of the truth and man is the giver of man’s truth. Before you accept anyone but God’s truth as your own, you have to see if what they said lines up with the Bible. We are told to trust God and not man for that reason. Focus on God is focus on the truth, for He is truth. Feed the mind truth and ask God for help humbly and He will help you and clean off your glasses. Then you will see His amazing world and people as He does and really enjoy His beauty.