“hey, four eyes!”

I’ve been recognizing something in myself recently.  Most days, I walk out the door on my way to work and fail to take a specific set of glasses with me.  Ok, I wear contacts, but stick with me here I’m feeling a desire to speak in metaphors today.  🙂

I never forget my critical glasses ~ the ones that let me scrutinize and critique the daily occurrences and people I encounter.
I always bring my busyness glasses ~ the pair that keeps me running about with little time to stop, take notice, and breathe.
I’m pretty sure I have multiple pairs of grumble glasses ~ those are great for seeing all the elements that go wrong or differently than you wanted them to.
I have kindness glasses ~ they guide my eyes to people I care about and love to connect with.

Yes, I have many frames that cover my eyes, influencing and manipulating the way I view my immediate surrounding and the world at large.  But, I rarely remember to look through the glasses of abundance.

“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things AT ALL TIMES, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” (II Corinthians 9:8 NIV).

“God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done” (II Corinthians 9:8 The Message).

Why is it so easy to loose sight of abundance?  If I really stop for a moment and examine my life, the truth is ~ even in the midst of tragedy ~ I am surrounded on all sides by abundance.  It is God’s promise to me.  He doesn’t just give until we’ve met some quota.  He keeps giving above and beyond.

a·bun·dance noun: a more than plentiful quantity of something.

I have a difficult time trying to fathom the reality that God continues to give beyond what I need.  And yet, I have no difficulty focusing my eyes (and my heart) on what I don’t have.  Why is that so?  Because living through the lens of abundance requires purpose.  It challenges me to intentionally center my life, my thoughts, my actions, and my beliefs around the truth that I am continuously poured out on abundantly.

Where can I find abundance in my life?  I can start with the simple…inhabiting the western world alone puts me in an exclusive bracket of wealthy abundance, and I certainly fail to account for that regularly (in fact, that very reality could occupy the content of multiple blogs).  I have an abundance of love in my various relationships.  I am also abundantly blessed with an amazing work environment.  I love that I have abundant laughter in my life.  I am especially grateful for God’s abundance of grace (I Timothy 1:14) and mercy (Titus 3:6), because I’m pretty sure my actions dictate needing those things on an hourly basis!  I could easily create a list a mile long and yet I still leave those glasses sitting on the counter (or worse, misplaced under some dusty crevice) as I head out to start my day.  So, I am challenging myself to consciously, purposefully acknowledge and give gratitude for the overwhelming abundance I am blessed with.

After all, out of the recognition and embrace of abundance comes the choice and desire to give.  And I believe this practice places us in the heart of true community.

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3 Responses to “hey, four eyes!”

  1. Erica says:

    wow Debgort, thank you for the reminder! So glad you are sharing your musings. 🙂

  2. Robin Jones says:

    Beautifully said Debbie….thanks for sharing!

  3. James says:

    Unfortunately, I too often leave those lenses at home as well. This is a needed and healthy reminder to clean off those glasses and begin to purposefully take them with me wherever I go. But here’s a question: Do you have any healthy strategies for putting them in a place so that I remember to take them with me?

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