Rose colored glasses...

Jonny and I were talking the other day about how, sometimes, it is hard to take someone seriously because they always see things through a different lens that is unrealistic or warped or blurred. Many people have glasses between them and the world, and they are shaded with narcissism, indifference, joy, hope, laziness, bitterness, love, deceit, hurt, optimism, endurance, wisdom, etc. This got me to thinking about people around me, some close to me and some who are just acquaintances. I know those who think they've been so mistreated that their lens is dark with distrust and self-pity and anger. Someone could hand them $100 and they think "Ha! You better hand me a $100 cause I deserve it. I've struggled and had it so hard. Everyone should be handing me money!" Or they might think, "Hey! Why are you handing me money? Do you think that I am poor and weak and can't take care of myself? Are you trying to bribe me?" Both of these views of the world are because of those darn glasses. Because, in fact, the person handing the money was just doing it out of love or giving where they saw a need. How about these glasses...you know the ones that have things caked on them so that you see the world full of holes. Everywhere you look there is a dark splotch where something missing and you desperately try to fill the holes but they stay there. A hunger never quenched. A life never fulfilled. Relationships that never satisfy.

I've found that I have many glasses. I read the other day a quote from John Piper. He says, "Self-pity is the voice of pride in the heart of the weak....it comes from a sense of un-recognized worthiness. It is the response to un-applauded pride." Whoa! Ouch! I know I've worn the glasses of self-pity and had a grand old time seeing the world through those lenses and then I'm sure my life reflected that by me seeking applause for that un-recognized worthiness. Ugh! Those glasses just make everyone look bad. Then I think about those glasses I've worn where all I see is Jesus. I hear conversations differently, see peoples expressions and intentions differently and therefore I respond differently. My actions on those days are the actions that move my life forward. The actions that make my life bigger and more fulfilling. Those lenses allow me to see a life with purpose and direction.

Now...where did I leave those glasses....


Posted on May 18, 2010 and filed under Anything and Everything.