I just turned 43 the other day and I realize that’s not old but it’s not young, either. I’m in my prime, right? For the past couple years or so my eyes have been giving me some issues. I’ve got a couple pairs of “cheaters” I wear when I read. I started wearing them more as I worked on my puter typing things up. My wife finally told me to get my eyes checked and since she’s right 99% of the time, I conceded. At the appointment the doctor ran me through a series of tests but the one that stood out the most was when he asked me, “What looks better, 1 or 2”? At the end of that test he said, “This is what you see now”, as he showed me what I see with no correction then he said, “This is what you would see with glasses”. I was amazed at how much I was missing! About a month later I finally pulled the trigger and went to the VA to get my free pair of glasses. Since this is the first time I’ve EVER worn glasses I wanted to have a bit of a test period and see how I did with just wearing them all the time before I purchased a pair of quality glasses. These are not designer glasses but they are bifocals with no transition so they’re giving me the chance to see my everyday world with clarity.
As I was feeding my dogs this morning it’s like I was seeing things for the first time. It’s weird. I was walking up my driveway and I looked at all the little flower buds coming out of the newly growing plants. I actually stopped and looked at a pile of leaves. The leaves had corners and edges. I pulled my glasses up and looked at a patch of grass that was pretty much just a green blob. Then I slid my glasses down over my eyes and I was able to see each blade of grass. “Is this what I’ve been missing”? I was absolutely amazed and suddenly realized everything that I had been missing for years as my eyes have begun to slowly deteriorate. I am so grateful to be able to see God’s creation in finite detail but it made me realize one thing; which is the reason for the writing this morning.
We don’t realize what we’re missing until it’s shown to us, clearly. We walk thru life everyday thinking we’re just fine but when we actually have the opportunity to see with clear vision, true 20/20 vision, it’s amazing what reveals itself. I started thinking about the two things most important to me. Those are my faith in God and business, or opportunity to free someone from corporate bondage. When offered an opportunity too many people say, “I’m not interested” or “I’m just fine with the way things are now, I’m good”. It’s because they haven’t seen with clear vision what their life could look like. I would venture to say that 70% of people say no to things, to new ventures because they have no idea what that would look like. I joke when I tell people that “I live on both sides of the fence and the grass is always green”. It’s an awesome movie quote from Lucky Slevin. What that means is I have lived a life void of God and wealth. I have also lived a life full of God and wealth. Let me define wealth for perspective. For many years my monthly income was between $21,000 and $30,000 per month. I don’t say that to gloat but for perspective’s sake. So, I know what it’s like to live a life free of financial burden. Without God, I was lost and angry. Now, I am happy and have purpose. It’s all because I submitted, put on the glasses and now see clearly. When someone offers you the gift of freedom by offering improved vision, you take it. Even though you can’t see clearly now, you will. It’s the most liberating feeling. You will see what many others don’t realize they are not seeing. Consider it a gift. Just remember, just because you receive a new pair of glasses, you’ve said yes, the rest is on you. If you don’t use the glasses, if you don’t wear them you will not see clearly. It’ll take time to get used to them so don’t get disgruntled in the beginning. Be patient and eventually it’ll become habit. Losing is a habit, So is winning. You choose.