I have come to a point in my life that I am pretty sure that I need glasses. How do I know this? Well, I first noticed this when I was trying to read labels of medicine bottles to give to Ben when he had COVID two weeks ago. I noticed how impossible it was to read the labels to figure out he correct dosage according to his weight. So instead of thinking, "I better get glasses" immediately. I ignored this incident and went to the internet to find the correct dosage of medicine.
It's funny to think that improving vision is not a priority on my to do list. But then I really started to pay attention to it when I went fishing yesterday evening with the dog. I went to Raystown Dam to target smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and northern pike. I caught a small pike and noticed that I needed to retie my fishing lure because the fishing line was all frayed up. So, I began tying the knot, and then I realized I am having an awfully hard time seeing the dang fishing line go into the line tie of the fishing lure. I knew at that moment…. I need to get glasses right now. My vision is all sorts of blurry.
I went home in the evening and told Eunkyung (my wife) what happened and that my conclusion is to go and see an eye doctor. She was shocked that I didn’t go earlier. It literally took me a fishing trip and not being able to tie fishing knots comfortably, was the reason to get my vision checked.
Eunkyung is right, I should have checked my vision much earlier. It’s absurd to think that improving vision is not a priority. We should make that a priority. It’s like I keep saying, “Ehh, I’ll see tomorrow… I don’t have time to see today!” That is crazy. See now, man!
But think about if we ignore how blurry our physical vision is, what about our spiritual vision. If we hardly pay attention at the importance of physical vision, imagine how much more we would ignore our spiritual vision! Yikes! I better get my spiritual vision checked as well!
The thing is that improving your spiritual vision is not as easy as just putting some kind of glasses on. Spiritual vision takes a lot of work. It’s not just needing to pray more or go to church more or read the bible more. It is all of those things plus more. You have to practice the character of Christ, model His behavior. It is about being attentive to the voice of God through scripture. Read the word and do what the word says to do. But that’s not all either! Yes! There is more! It is about paying attention to everything that is going on in the world. It is about knowing what is happening in the world and instead of reacting about how we feel about the current events, it's about contemplating and wondering what is it that God wants us to do, even if that means it is contrary to what I am comfortable with. Improving spiritual vision is all about challenging ourselves to match our vision with Gods vision. This isn’t easy and often times God will put you in difficult situations that may change the way you normally think and do.
Just remember if improving your physical vision is important to you, which it should be. Just remember that improving your spiritual vision is also vital to live a better life. A life that involves hard work and challenges. Improving spiritual vision is all about imagining a better world not just for yourself but for other people. Imagine the world that God envisions. A world that replaces words like competition with compassion; hate with love; and selfishness with selflessness.
So, what is it going to take for you to improve your spiritual vision? In order for me to get better vision for me, was that I felt that I lost something that once was easy for me, that was tying fishing knots. So, what is it that you feel you lost, or feel that you are losing that requires you to make changes to have a better understanding of the vision that God has given you.
Hey this is Rev. Brian Choi's random thought throughout my week. Most of this stuff, will probably be about family, church, fishing, music, movies, food, whatever I think of, hopefully it will have some sort of theological reflection (maybe).