David asked where the pic was of me with my new “bi-focals.” Yes, it had to come to that. Dr. Womack put me through the rigors of an exam. He calmly noted I had not had my eyes check in more than 12 years. It was time!

You likely have sat in one of those chairs. The machine with all the different optics. Then the clearly enunciated, “One or two, two or three, three or four.” Now you know when you get to options beyond two or three your eyes really need fine tuned. Seeing is much easier even if getting used to “no line” specs is not so much. But, Dr. Womack’s skill enabled me to see better than I have up close in a few years.

One nuance of the texts from the Revised Common Lectionary point out just how we help people to see. Rather than play to Judas’ (not Iscariot) question about exclusivity, Jesus drew Judas and all other disciples into participation in living out the love God has for the world – helping them to see. The distinction is clear – that is seeing is clear. Loving Jesus is inexorably linked to living his life of love in our own lives with and in the world.

Here are some thoughts? What are yours?

About the Author
Husband to Patty. Daddy to Kimberly and Tommie. Grandpa Doc to Cohen, Max, Fox, and Marlee. Pastor to Snow Hill Baptist Church. Graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Reading. Photography. Golf. Colorado. Jeeping. Friend. The views and opinions expressed here are my own and should not be construed as representing the corporate views of the church I pastor.

2 comments on “Helping Others to See – Thoughts from the Edge

  1. And a great picture it is!

  2. Karsten Smith says:

    I know what you mean Todd. I finally got glasses from Dr. Denton (out your way) for my last month of Pharmacy school, and I couldn’t believe the difference. I could actually read all day as I had to do, without eye fatigue. As far as helping people see, I pray that God use all of us to tear open the temporal and let the Kingdom enter everyone’s lives.

    Hope to talk to you soon, as its been a while.


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