In the world of Tablet advertising, all announcing a plethora of new features and technology that I can barely keep up with, from retina display to thinner bezels, one company has the sleek slogan that I could identify with (and actually remember!) – “vision redefined”. Of course said slogan was then backed up by all the techno terminology, but I liked the simplicity of the statement – Vision Redefined.
Vision is such a critical part of life. A lesson I well learnt today as I watched my boys in their school cross-country. I got to cheer each of them in their race. Then, blessed with other family members at the same school, I was also able to cheer my nephews on as well. From my vantage point, I shouted my encouragement to one nephew as he lined up to start. I waved and yelled his name to show my support. Louder each time, waiting for his acknowledgement of me, to no avail. Was he embarrassed? Surely not! Then I realised – to my horror – that the said focus of my attention was actually not my nephew. It wasn’t even his race!
Next time, I had better wear my glasses!
Our perspective very much impacts our destiny and direction in life. As Anais Nin wrote “we don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” The way we see our lives, shapes our lives. Our perspective becomes the determining factor in how we spend our time, our money, how we handle our circumstances.
On becoming a Christian we all have the opportunity to have our vision redefined. To be able to see life in the light of eternity. To be able to see life from God’s perspective. The eternal needs to take preference over the temporal. C S Lewis once said, “all that is not eternal is eternally useless”
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18)