Blind Spots

Written by Rhonda Alstott

The very last Alstott is about to start driver’s education. It’s a rite of passage in our family. Our goal as parents will be giving them as much experience behind the wheel as possible. Although official course work has not begun, I have started giving oral commentary every time we are in the car……”and see this is tricky turning left here because of the blind spot”…….I overheard myself say. “A blind spot”, I went on to explain, “is an area where my view is obstructed”.
 
Later that night I thought about how my spiritual life is full of these blind spots. My view of an issue is obstructed. More often than not, I must confess, my view is obstructed by personal experiences, opinions, and biases rooted deep within my person. More recently I have been praying that the Holy Spirit would reveal my blind spots to me, that the Spirit would help me remove those obstructions that keep me from seeing things the way Jesus would. Pride is ever present working against this process. It is just way too easy to keep everything just like I have always had it. I want my world comfortable, and sometimes turning my head to see a blind spot takes too much effort and makes me uncomfortable.
 
In 1 John 1:8-10, the apostle tells us this, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” John has given me a rear view mirror in these verses to keep my blind spots in check. Ironically it starts with the premise that I have sin in my life and if I say I do not, I am deceiving myself. Why is this so hard for me to remember?
 
Confession…. I would rather focus on your sin. For some reason it feels better for me to look at all the ways you are not following the rules instead of focusing on how I am not. Whenever I catch myself becoming too critical of someone else and their choices, it’s the Spirit’s way of saying “Check your mirror Rhonda”. My New Year’s Resolution this year is the first part of the serenity prayer….”God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change.” I picked this, because it gets at my deep rooted need to call out and try to focus on the sins of those around me. As long as I continue in that behavior, the less I have to work on the much needed self-work of focusing on my own behavior, the part that God did give me control over. Wisdom comes when you focus on your blind spots instead of those of everyone else.
 
There is Good News in this for all of us. It begins with confession of our sin, and God, being faithful, forgives us. What a gift. Wisdom comes when you confess your sin, the part of your life that you have control of, instead of complaining about the sins and behaviors in someone else’s life.
 
God has given all of us the gift of His son Jesus, the Holy Spirit to guide us and His Word to show us the way. May we all start 2022 by asking Him to show us our blind spots!

 

Serenity Prayer

God, Grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change

Courage to change the things I can

And Wisdom to know the difference…..

 

 


4 Responses to “Blind Spots”

  1. William Schuppert says:

    Well written Rhonda. All of us have BLIND SPOTS in our lives and it is much easier to see others rather than our own.I will try to keep the Serenity Prayer my focus in the coming year.

    • Rhonda Boyd-Alstott says:

      Thanks Bill. You are always such an encourager ❤️

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you for your post Rhonda. It is much easier to focus on others instead of living with the guilt we feel when we finally focus on our own. I’m guilty of that myself.

  2. Kristi Dawson says:

    Beautifully written. It is obviously from your heart and I appreciate your insights.

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