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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Things are not always the way they seem

by Pam Roth
Everyone loves a good mystery.  Perhaps you are familiar with the television series, Body of Proof.  Have you seen the most recent promotional clip for the upcoming season?  The actress, Dana Delany answers the phone and then she says, “Megan Hunt...Medical Examiner.” And as the commercial comes to an end she makes this statement, “Things are never the way they seem.” 


Well, I don’t know if I’d go so far as to say that things are never the way they seem; but, it is true that things are not always the way they seem.  A perfect example of this is the warning that is etched into the glass on the side mirrors of most vehicles.  The warning reads - “Objects in the mirror may be closer than they appear.” 

Another good example related to the side mirrors on a vehicle are blind spots. I know full well about blind spots.  Just the other day, I was driving down one of busiest highways in our city when I almost hit a car that was not visible in my mirror because, it was in my blind spot when I started to change lanes. How dangerous to have a perception that everything is fine, only to find out that you just avoided a major crisis by catching a glimpse of that vehicle at just the right moment.  

In the past three weeks, we have been looking at the importance of having a vision.  Not just any vision; but, a vision that includes God’s perspective.  Without God’s perspective, we do not necessarily see clearly; but we have a darkened reality of the way things are.  “Now, we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we shall see everything with perfect clarity.  All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God knows me completely.” ~ I Corinthians 13:12. 

So, some questions for you to ponder as you move forward with your vision are:

  • What do you believe to be God’s perspective about your vision?  
  • How can you apply His perspective to the daily steps that you are taking so you are not sideswiped along the way to reaching your desired goal?
  • How are you avoiding the blind spots that may cause you to curtail or destroy your vision?
  • Who do you allow to hold you accountable for the decisions you make?
  • What is the reality about what is ahead on the journey that you are on?
  • Are you closer to reaching your destination than it appears?  
Remember things are not always the way they seem - "we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror".  Let me encourage you to take a few minutes to ponder these questions and to consider being vulnerable with someone else about your vision – your hopes and dreams and your concerns.  If you have a life coach or mentor in your life, begin to give him or her permission to challenge you in your vision walk.  And, begin today.  

Feel free to leave a comment below.
For more information about coaching email: pam@relevantministry.org or nelson@relevantministry.org
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1 comment:

  1. Your story about the mirror and God's vision for our lives are right on target. I know in my life with the things that are going on I need to check my blind spots.

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