We all have one, we just can’t see it.
I’ve been challenged about this recently.
Most of the time we go through our lives living on the principles of what we know and see about the world around us – the sun rises in the morning and sets in the evening and gravity is always pulling us back to the ground, no matter how high we jump.
But how often do we stop to think about the world within us?
Stick with me for a moment.
Most of the time it’s easy for us to be critical about the world around us, even the people – we find it easy to identify and pick out character flaws within others, but when it comes to ourselves we seem to have “blind spots”.
I recently read a chapter in a book called “Radical” about just this; however it was framed around poverty.
As a Christian I’m called to live for others, to be blessed so we can bless others with a generous heart. But how often do we live under the safety of this idea, instead of acting upon this.
The bible says ”People may think all their ways are right, but the Lord weighs the heart” – Proverbs 21:2
Intentions are not enough. We need action.
Upon reading the chapter I was reminded of when I was eating at a restaurant with my friends, here in Cochabamba with Tearfund ICS when approached by a kid selling chewing gum. He must have been seven or eight years old, sent to work when he should be at home doing his homework.
My reaction was a mixture of discomfort and sadness – quickly saying “no gracias” in the hope that he would walk away and disturb another table. But sadness too, for it should not be the life of a child in any country.
Reflecting on this, I ask myself – what can I do?
How can I change my ways and attitude so that this is not another blind spot in my life?
Maybe this is a start, by sharing my thoughts I can share my point of view with others, hopefully causing others to stop and think about the small blind spots in their lives.
I encourage you to look at the blind spots in your life and try to readjust your world within.