We’ve had numerous friends get laser eye surgery. Most are very happy to leave the days of glasses or contact lenses behind! Especially, those who had horrible eyesight. But imagine living life out of focus 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There is no activity, relationship, or situation that is not impacted by our eyesight. The same is true of our spiritual “eyesight.” My view of God, myself, my friends, life’s difficulties—so many things—are either filled with Kingdom light or are darkened by wrong thinking.

One thing I’ve learned as a fisherman: If you can see the fish they are easier to catch! I spent years fly-fishing for trout without polarized sunglasses. However, upon moving to Colorado, I came to discover that you can “sight fish” for trout, meaning you look into the stream to target a fish to cast your fly towards. Polarized sunglasses cut down on the glare coming off the water and allow you to see what’s below the surface. Very exciting—especially when an 18 inch rainbow comes into view! The ability to see clearly is not just important in fishing, it is important in life, and Jesus knew this was true.

Not too long ago, I awoke in the middle of the night, needing to head to the bathroom. On my way back to bed, my eyes had not yet adjusted to the darkness and I veered off course, smashing into the corner of a dresser and cracking a rib. Ouch! Seeing clearly can keep us out of harm’s way!

I recently bought a new pair of eyeglasses because it was getting increasingly more difficult to see using my old prescription.