There is a vineyard not too far from my house where my family likes to meet. I immediately scooped up one of my grandkids and showed her the vineyard when we got there. My daughter loved the moment enough to snap a picture of the two of us. When she sent me the picture, I could only see the glaring bald spot on the back of my head and thought to myself, “Is that true, or is something wrong with the camera?” So, I went straight to the bathroom, picked up a mirror, and positioned myself to see the back of my head. Sure enough, there it was! I didn’t know because I could see it. The back of my head is not only a bald spot but a blind spot to me.
We all have blind spots in our lives. Areas that we are unable to see. Like my bald spot, some are harmless and even humorous, but other times blind spots can be deadly. One of the first things taught when driving is to check your blind spots because if you don’t, it can be fatal.
The same is true in life. Everyone has emotional, physical, and spiritual blind spots that can be dangerous for themselves and those around them. People constantly run into each other because they have no perception of their blind spots.
Navigating through life without hurting yourself or others demands that you find and fix your blind spots and become aware of yourself and your soundings.
Let me give you three easy steps to find and fix your blind spots:
Check your Mirrors.
First, take an honest look in the mirror and see how you interact with others and how people respond to you. If you are not willing to look at yourself, it doesn’t matter what others say. The more you look, the more you will discover your blind spots.
Next, surround yourself with trusted friends and family that will tell you the truth. Ask them to speak into your blind spots and listen when they do. Your vulnerability will open the door to their honesty.
Finally, let God’s Word reveal who He is and who you are.
“Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech: And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
(2 Corinthians 3:12–18, AV)
The glass in the passage speaks of the reflection of a mirror. Once you are willing to open your eyes and see, the Spirit begins molding you into his image and removing the blind spots.
Evaluate your current condition.
As you reveal the blind spots, it’s essential to determine if there is anything that you need to do about it. Sometimes awareness is enough to live with or avoid making things worse. Other times change is necessary to move forward. Then determine if you need the help of others to make the changes. Do you have a clear path to change? Do you know the right questions to ask? Are you able to see the situation from all angles? This is where a counselor or spiritual guide can come in handy.
Proceed with caution.
There will always be new blind spots to look for on the journey. It would be best if you kept using your mirrors. Fear only comes from the unknown. The more you know yourself, the more you can make the changes that will get you to your destination in life.
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