Blind spots, we all have them. I once knew a person who, with a perfectly straight face, said in response to someone reminding him that we all have blind spots replied, “I don’t have blind spots.” This statement indicated to those of us talking with him that his blind spot was the fact that he thought he did not have any!
I know that I have some. I also know I do not have a handle on all of them. I am a work in progress. I am confident that I have one or more that I have not fully understood to this day.
I have spent a lot of time talking with people. There have been times that I have been called to come alongside and try to assist and encourage a person. You can learn a lot by listening to people. It is apparent how little awareness some people possess. Painfully, I can reflect on my life and remember times when I blundered into things with little to no accurate understanding of myself, the issue, or even the others involved. As I play it back in my mind, it isn’t delightful. How have I learned to be more aware? By becoming aware of how unaware I have been at times? Often our lack of awareness is the presence of blind spots in our lives. Most of us are somewhat guilty regarding our children and families. We love them and view them a certain way; they are our kids, after all. They are not fellow employees or neighbors. We are fully vested in them. We have loyalty to our favorite teams, politicians, friends, and so forth. We see them in a certain way, which does not always line up with how others view them.
Here are view observations I have discovered regarding blindspots:
- It is easier to see blindspots in others than in our lives. See Matthew 7:5. “You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” If we work on ourselves first, we will see others more clearly.
- Our attitude plays a role. Cynicism, negativity, complaining, and bitterness can consume us so much that it colors everything we see! And everything we do not see!
- Grace received must also be given. God’s grace has blessed us, but we must also be ready to dispense grace in our relationships.
- Humility is essential. As we become aware of our limitations and foibles, it should elicit humility. We should be the first to search for possible answers and solutions when we are involved in a conflict and ensure we are not unwittingly contributing to the problem.
- Cynisicm is a major problem. Cynicism is a joy robber. The one who possesses it, can have it take over their life. The cure, develop a spirit and habit of thanksgiving. Instead of counting losses, start numbering your blessings.
- Prayerfully ask God to help you. Ask God to open your eyes to possible blindspots and to assist you to keep sweet and not become bitter and cyncial.
As you travel through life this week thank God for His many blessings in your life. Humbly acknowledge that you are a work in progess and give both grace and compassion to those you come in contact with through the next several days.
Thank you my friends, and mostly thank you for overlooking my faults and yes my blindspots. You are a blessing to me!