Do you see what I see?

When I remember who I used to be before Christ, I am filled with regret and gratitude.  Regret that my motivations were so selfish.  I rejoice with gratitude that God has grown me into who I am becoming, and I am no longer focused on me, myself and I.  That’s not to say that I don’t ever slip into that mode now, but it is the exception instead of the rule.  Still, I see that there is room for continued growth in stepping away from selfish into servant … stepping from darkness into light.

The darkness I used to live in was like a shroud covering every aspect of my life.  I was only concerned with what impacted my own life, never putting thought into what others went through unless I was in a close relationship with them.  I was blind to people that crossed my path. It was my routine to extend a polite yet hollow “How are you today?” to the clerk at the grocery store or gas station.  There wasn’t really an inquiry in the question, more of a socially accepted facade of concern.  I would cringe if they actually answered with the truth instead of the customary response of “fine”.  That may not sound like a dark place, but truly it is.  Being blind to the struggles and sorrows around you means that you are also blind to the victories and joy.  It’s numb, it’s painful, and it’s deceivingly normal.  We scurry around with our busy schedules and our important tasks that leave us little time to notice if we are even able to see life around us.

Good and bad are both realities of life.  The exposure we can get to both when we take the time to notice can give us a healthy perspective.  For example, I never payed attention to the person who’s spouse had just passed away, yet I would complain about sharing chores with my spouse.  My perspective was skewed because it only revolved around what directly affected me.  There are so many opportunities to learn from what is happening around you.  More importantly, there is so much that can be accomplished by taking that extra step and reaching out to those in need.  Before we can learn or reach out, we need to have the ability to see first.  We need to step from the darkness of self into the light of servant.

“Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going.  Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.”

John 12:35-36

Then Jesus cried out, “Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me.  The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me.  I have come into the world as a light,so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.

John 12:44-46

We can’t see unless we have light.  Without light, we can assume that the only one’s in need are the poor, not recognizing that the rich have different struggles of their own.  We may see the widow in need of comfort, yet dismiss the woman who’s marriage is falling apart.  The sick may only see visitors while in the hospital and be dismissed as healed when released.  The person who is seeking a job may receive encouragement while the one working multiple jobs can be dismissed as having no stress.

It’s not that we can’t see anything when we’re in darkness because we can.  What we see is shadows that are real, but they aren’t the entire picture.  As the sun floods the room every corner is exposed.  What was once hidden will become revealed.  To see, we must first seek the Light of the World.

Read Day 11 Devotion by Scott

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