DAY 13 - THE INNER-MAN: DEALING WITH BLINDSPOTS
If you read yesterday's post, you have a good idea of what Blindspots are. We all have them, and must be proactive in dealing with them - But how?
THREE WAYS TO DEAL WITH YOUR BLINDSPOTS
ONE: ADMIT YOU HAVE BLINDSPOTS
From birth, you are developing your belief system. To you, those beliefs are true and you value them! When Paul said to the Ephesians to not walk as the Gentiles, He was saying, Be willing to live opposite of what you believe, what you value and what you know. Walk as Light, live according to truth, walk circumspectly. He wanted them to see the full picture, but he knew there were some things they didn't have a 360° view of on their own.
So the first step is to admit it...you have blindspots. You can't see it all, you don’t know it all, and what you believe about God, yourself, and others, and how you are living your life might not be accurate. It is a possibility! Admit you have blindspots!
TWO: IDENTIFY YOUR BLINDSPOTS
After you admit you have blindspots, you must start identifying them. To identify the blindspots, you have to intentionally look for them. This is where it gets difficult. Who likes to be proven wrongor weak? We are good at seeing blindspots in others, but we don’t like to see them in ourselves But, you have them.
Here’s why it’s important to identify them, because by identifying your blindspots you get a true read on where you stand in relation to TRUTH! We are called to walk with precision, with accuracy, with diligence, to be watchful, to be alert, because we have a tendency to stumble, or swerve or drift – and get off course! The Word of God is the first mirror you want to look into. It will begin to reveal dark places and hidden things that have been holding you back or have steered you off course:
Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. (NKJ)
Lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. (NKJ)
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
THREE: YOU CAN’T SEE BLINDSPOTS ALL BY YOURSELF - ASK FOR HELP!
You can’t do this work on your own. Open yourself up to your inner circle. Community is the best policy.
See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another in the fear of God. (NKJ)
Part of our transformation is to realize we can’t do this alone – we are in a battle and it is impossible to get out alive if you are fighting on your own.
Do you know what’s pretty cool ABOUT OUR PHYSICAL SIGHT? There are times we don’t even notice our physical blind spot. Some suggest that the opposite eye compensates for the missing visual information. This suggests that when both eyes are open, the visual fields overlap and fill in the missing information for the opposite eye. They submit to one another, work together to compensate for one another – to increase VISION – to outsmart the blindspot!
As members of the Body connected to one another, let's outsmart the blindspots by working together an compensating for one another so we can see what we do not yet see!
Prayer: Holy Spirit, give me the courage to admit I have blindspots, the courage to identify them and the humility I need to trust others who see what I do not see. Give me ears to hear, eyes to see, and a heart to perceive what you want me to hear, see and perceive that can walk in true fellowship with you and those you have placed in my life.