Blind Spots

Posted on 03. Aug, 2010 by Julia Mitchell in Encouragement

Has this happened to you?

You’re driving in city traffic and want to change lanes. You check the mirrors and confidently move over, only to hear the sound of a blaring horn and look across to see the angry face of a fellow motorist, who can’t believe you could be such an idiot.  You feel completely embarrassed and give one of those sheepish, “I’m sorry” waves. How could you have missed seeing that car?

Every car has a blind spot – an area where the mirrors don’t show you what’s in the next lane.

When we think of blind spots I’m sure we think of driving.  Like cars, people have blind spots too. We all have parts of our lives that we just don’t see.  Attitudes, responses and behaviours that can hurt others but which we just don’t see.

Identifying one’s own blind spots, in essence, is a conundrum.  For by definition a blind spot is an area that one cannot see (thus how can I identify it?).

Psalm 139:23-24 says, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

Without clear spiritual vision, our blind spots will accumulate. One wrong moral judgment will lead to another–even though we are convinced we have our act together! For example, if we shift our focus away from the Lord to “my happiness”, or “my material security”, or “my advancement”, our moral decisions and choices will be seriously affected. We will think in terms of “What’s in it for me?” And when we are explicitly told or made painfully aware of what is morally right, if our thinking is out of focus we find ourselves unwilling (desire-wise) or unable (strength-wise) to do what is right. Obviously this is because the Lord is no longer at the center of our lives to give us the desire and the strength we so desperately need.

It goes without saying that in the area of our financial security it is easy to take our eyes off the Lord. Our natural desire for morecan lead to questionable business decisions such as binding alliances with non-Christians. Before long our blind spots may even permit us to make shady deals or crooked transactions, scarcely realizing any longer that there is something very wrong going on!

Another area where we are prone to blind spots is the area of our physical and emotional needs. Here we are particularly vulnerable to the possibility of transferring our focus of attention from Christ to someone else. Not looking to the Lord for fellowship can lead to unhealthy friendships. Blind spots in this area may even result in marriage to an unbeliever or unholy sexual relationships outside of marriage, and here again our desensitized consciences may rationalize away any qualms we might have had about such a decision.

If getting for me becomes more important than giving for God, then there are blind spots.

Our problem is not that we deliberately or willfully take our eyes off the Lord , We don’t push the Lord to the back seat; we just gradually move Him out of the driver’s seat.

As we are governed more and more by mixed motives and priorities, blind spots continue to creep in. The Lord is no longer consulted about decisions, such as what college to attend, or what job to take, or what close friends to have, or what to do with “spare” time and money.

Without the Lord’s input, the decisions we make (with mostly our own best interests in view) bring further spiritual loss in the future. There is only one solution to the problem of diseased and damaged spiritual eyes. The cure is simple to state, but not easy to follow in this attractive and alluring world:

At all times keep your eyes focused on the Lord Jesus Christ!

Is it possible that your present plans and goals are in the ship-breaking stage right now because of some blind spot moral decisions in the past? What about your career or your marriage? Bring the eyes of your life back to the Lord Jesus alone so that blind spots will not continue to cause you to make distorted, wrong or even wicked moral decisions.

Luke 11:34 – Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness.

Take a moment and write out a prayer to the Father asking him to search your heart and thoughts. Ask him to show you any blind spots that you might have.  If He brings anything to mind, write them down. Mediate on them. Find Scriptures that will help you to break any stronghold or behavior that needs to be changed.

How does one begin to identify the ever-illusive character blind spots?  A good place I have found to start is with a tried and true friend –someone who has known you for years and has your best interest at heart.  Seek out at least two people in your life that know you fairly well.  Ask them if they would take a few days to prayerfully consider a few areas in your life that need to be brought more in line with how the Scriptures say to live your life.  Find Scriptures that will help you work towards growth and maturity in these specific blind spots.

“So then, just as you received Christ as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” – Colossians 2:6-7

About the Author

Julia Mitchell is an online professional networker and a coach. Julia coaches and mentors like minded people to succeed in their chosen field and invites you to join with her.

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