No Reason to be Shortsighted
I had to get new glasses recently. But not just any pair… bifocals. They’re actually called “progressive lenses” (not as inflicting I suppose). I didn’t grow up wearing glasses, but the nature of my job and my passion of writing requireS me to be in front of a bright computer screen for long hours every day now, so I feel like it was a move towards maintenance than anything else.
One area I had noticed the most difficulty in was driving. My eyes had become very sensitive to light–both at night and during the day. I found my eyes were intentionally blurring trying to compensate. So when my new glasses arrived, I was excited to pick them up because I had an 85-mile trip to make to teach in our Bible School. This would be the perfect test!
But oh my…!
Apparently, I use my eyes quite a bit without moving my head and this was a problem. The new lenses have an hourglass shape on the bifocals and when I would dart my eyes to the left to look in my side rearview mirror, everything was blurry! The lower portion of my lenses are designed to help me read crisply within 6 inches of my face–not in a mirror 2 feet away out of the corner of my eye!
Needless to say, I was back at the doctor’s office the next day. I thought I had gotten the wrong pair, or misdiagnosed. But within a few minutes of explanation, the nurses had me feeling much better. The advice was: move your head, look around, and wear them more consistently until you are used to them.
A few days later, I was much happier with my new glasses. My eyes were feeling less strained and I was seeing more clearly.
I can testify that what I learned with my glasses is true in our Christian walk as well. Peter said, “For he who lacks [diligence, faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love] is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins” (2 Peter 1:5-9, my paraphrase).
It’s sad to think people could forget they’ve been made righteous through the blood of Jesus, isn’t it? But it happens every day. The problem isn’t just that they’ve become shortsighted; the bigger problem is that their footing isn’t firm. Peter went on to say, “Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble” (verse 10).
One translation says, “…you’ll never fall away.” I find this encouraging because we all obviously stumble on occasion, but stumbling isn’t the same as falling away altogether. You and I can stumble, but get right back up, or better yet, catch ourselves.
But only if we refuse to be shortsighted.
This means we will have to move our head, look around, and be more consistent in our application of God’s Word.
In the early years of my Christian walk, I felt uncomfortable and inadequate in so many areas. But now, with an understanding of my righteousness and who God has made me to be, along with consistent wear, I walk with a firmer footing (and I’ll add gratitude). I hope you are discovering the same.
This article was written by Daphne Delay who is an author, speaker, and podcaster with a passion to help this generation discover who they are in Christ. She is the author of Facing the Mirror, Facing the Enemy, and Facing God. Daphne also blogs nuggets of spiritual growth and encouragement regularly at