Friday, February 10th, 2012
For we walk by faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:7 (NKJV)
Nearsightedness is 'a vision condition in which close objects are seen clearly, but objects farther away appear blurred' (American Optometric Association). It is most common among the young.
In the last 30 years, the percentage of our 'shortsighted' population has increased from 25% to 42%. 'The rapid increase in nearsightedness appears to be due to a characteristic of modern life: more and more time spent indoors under artificial lights' (New York Times, 2011).
The most damaging artificial lights radiate from computers, smart phones, and not-so-smart TV. 21st century American children stare into the screens of media an average of 53 hours per week.* Their physical eyes lose long-distance focus; their spiritual eyes lose long-distance vision.
When they lose sight of their dreams, they stop believing. They stop achieving.
The 'get it now' generation is blind-sided by the 'don't know how' temptation. In other words, if they can't see their success up close, they focus on something easier. Jesus never said His path would be easy, 'Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it' (Matthew 7:14).
Imagine the difficulty in finding Jesus' path with impaired vision.
Can anything lengthen and strengthen weak eyes? Yes. Faith! It's God's miracle sight restorer. 'Then Jesus said to him, 'Go your way; your faith has made you well.' And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road' (Mark 10:52).
Actors, models, and talent for Christ: forget the time line and remember the finish line--especially when you can't see it. Continue in faith, patience, and persistence. Do what Joseph the dreamer did: hold on, even through prison bars of circumstances that seem hopeless. It took some time, but Joseph became famous for God! You can, too.
But you must learn to see with the long-range view of a sharp-shooter. Find it in your faith.
*Research by Kaiser Family Foundation