The better to see with...
I got some new glasses today.
I've been wearing glasses ever since I was assigned a desk in the very back of the class in 9th grade and discovered that I couldn't see the board at the front of the room. At first I didn't like wearing glasses. It didn't help that kids already were calling me names like "nerd" and "freckle face"...add glasses to my shy, insecure, freckled self and I was just the definition of a nerdy nobody. (High School was hard ;) ) When I was finally able to get contact lenses, I jumped on the opportunity and put away the glasses for many years. Since then, my eyes have been slowly getting worse, and contacts have been increasingly annoying and painful to wear. A few years ago I made a slow transition from always wearing contacts and rarely wearing glasses to always wearing glasses and rarely wearing contacts. In fact, this last time I had an eye exam I didn't even get the contact lens exam...I'm an all-glasses all-the-time girl now. ;) And I'm ok with that. I've become a LOT more secure in my own skin and have (finally) fully embraced my poor eyesight and my need for glasses. I actually even like them now. :)
I get an eye exam every year or two, which then usually requires new prescription lenses so I can see my best every day.
My most recent eye exam was actually over a year ago. I got a new prescription and everything, and really needed to get some new glasses. But in my typical procrastinator fashion, I kept putting off making the investment in a new set of frames and lenses. I made do with what I had, kept wearing those old lenses with my old prescription, even though I knew I needed new ones.
So finally, a year later, I broke down and ordered a new pair. I even mustered up enough courage to try a different shaped frame...they are much larger than the glasses I usually tend to get. They're going to take some getting used to, but I think I really like them. :) But the frames are not really what surprised me the most...when I put them on, I was actually kinda surprised by how much clearer I could see! I guess my eyes were getting worse than I realized. ;) For a full year I've been using glasses with an outdated prescription, and evidently seeing everything more blurry and unfocused than I realized. I could have been seeing better this whole year...I had the doctor's prescription tucked away in my purse this whole time...but it did me no good until I used that prescription to change my lenses.
That's kinda how it can be when I read my Bible. Often God will reveal something that I need to change...He'll even write me out a "prescription"...and I might even copy it down and tuck it away. But it doesn't do me any good until I take those words and DO something with them...until I allow His Words to change my lenses, to change how I see.
It's amazing what you can see when you change the way you see.
Kinda like how you can always find beauty in every day...if you look for it. Kinda like how you can always find something to be thankful for...if you start giving thanks for ALL things.
So in honor of my new glasses and in celebration of being able to see clearly, I'm sharing this little "Eye Chart" printable today. It says: "Look for beauty in every day and every day becomes beauty-full" If you intentionally look for beauty, if you hunt for joy, if you give thanks for it all...you'll soon find that your days are actually full of beauty...even the hard and the crazy days can become beautiful in spite of, and sometimes even because of, the hard and the crazy in the days. It's all about what kind of lenses you are looking through...it's about how you see.
Enjoy! And have a BEAUTY-FULL weekend!!