DAY 12 - THE INNER-MAN: BLINDSPOTS
I must admit, I am a self-proclaimed professional driver! My wife and I disagree on that, because there are times I am a little too over-confident, a little too aggressive. There are times that I sort of zone out, get in my own little world and I just don’t pay attention.
Recently, we were driving down the freeway and two different times, I started to change lanes and as I was getting over someone else was already in the lane (does that happen to anyone else?). I didn’t see them as I was moving into another lane. I couldn’t see them because they were in my BLINDSPOT!
A blindspot in a vehicle is an area around the vehicle that cannot be directly observed by the driver while behind the wheel, under existing circumstances. You have blind spots when you’re driving your car, but did you know your eyes have blindspots as well?
The human eye is pretty phenomenal. God gave you two of them to increase your ability to see, and He strategically placed them in the best and most useful position on your body, in the top half of your face! But, no one has a full-scope of vision or 360° view. According to Clearpoint’s own Optometrist, Jared Chen, an individual with healthy vision has about a 95° field of vision. Why? Because of what is called the blindspot. The blindspot is a place at the back of your eyeball that lacks the ability to process light, so no one can ever have a full 360 degree view on their own.
Did you know we all have personal blindspots? Not just when we are driving or walking down the street, and, not only with our physical eyes, but also with the eyes of our mind.
A Personal Blindspot is an area in your life where you lack awarenes!
Most commonly, blindspots are associated with areas of weakness. While we are all extremely valuable, none of us are perfect. We all have blindspots, dark-places within, and they "show up" in many areas of our lives - in relationships, in our character, in values and beliefs, in the views we have of ourselves...and other various places. Thus, our quest for truth - truth in the inward parts, to see ourselves as God sees us. Man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart ( I Samuel 16:7 ).
In order to grow, we must know where we need to grow. I John 1:7 says, "walk in the light as He is in the Light..." It's what we are called to and the only way to have a genuine relationship with God and one another.
Unless we know, we can't grow. Transformation requires that we know, that we see what we don't yet see!
Pray this prayer: "Spirit of God, give me eyes to see what you want me to see about me, so that I can become more like you!"
In tomorrow's post, I'll share Three Ways to Deal with Personal Blindspots.