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A Few Thoughts for a New Year
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In The Gaither Homecoming Bible, Bill Gaither shares a story of undergoing cataract surgery to clarify his vision in both eyes. Each eye was operated on separately, so after the first procedure, Bill covered his newly repaired eye with his hand to compare to the vision in the eye that was still clouded.

He writes, "I suddenly realized that I had been looking through a yellowish-brown haze that darkened everything in my line of sight. It was unbelievable, and, to be honest, it was disturbing how dark and cloudy my vision had become without my realizing it."

The deterioration had happened over the course of many years, he explains, and because it had happened so gradually, he had not detected the change. "There was no way to really comprehend what I was missing until the fog was removed by my surgeon's hands."

Are there areas in which you could use clearer vision? In relationships, finances, health, workplace or ministry? I know there are for me.

Though we know we won't have perfect clarity this side of eternity—"For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face" (1 Cor. 13:12)—we can still lean into our Great Surgeon to give us greater focus in this life.

As we begin a new year, let us ask our Heavenly Father to reveal, and repair, areas where our vision may be clouded. Let's ask Him to help us see things the way He would have us see them.

Let's ask that He help us to see the lost not as "lost causes," but as people created in His image, who desperately need to be reconciled with Him. 

Let's ask Him to reveal areas where we may not be trusting Him fully ... to help us let go of regrets from the past and worries for the future. 

As we draw ever closer to Jesus, we can trust that our focus will shift to what truly matters, as in the old hymn "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus," written in 1922 by Helen H. Lemmel: 

O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!

Refrain:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
O’er us sin no more hath dominion—
For more than conqu’rors we are!

His Word shall not fail you—He promised;
Believe Him, and all will be well:
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!