When Did You Last Have Your Vision Checked?

(This is a new perspective on a previous post of a similar title)

 Have you ever noticed that when you see the conditions of the poor in third world countries, many of the homes shown,  are clearly constructed from very, very basic materials. The structures rarely, include windows, but just a large opening, used as an entrance and exit point.  Any light needed to carry out the everyday activities within the home,  has to come from candles, or some kind of lighting or light enters from this one opening.  Can you imagine living in a house without windows?
Sometimes, our windows may not appear to be as clean as we would like them, and we complain of poor visibility.

Recently,  my window cleaner, completed the cleaning of my windows, during my time at work. The following morning, I carried out my usual inspection of the windows, to ensure the cleaner had completed a good job. The kitchen window didn’t appear to be as clean, as I would have liked, as I could clearly see an obvious smear along the upper right hand side of the window pane.  However, as I was running late for work, I decided I would tackle it later on in the evening.

The next morning, during breakfast, I suddenly remembered the smear and quickly ventured into the garden, to give the window, a quick rub down with a cloth.  Aggh! - I just couldn't remove that irritating smear.  I mumbled to myself about the cleaner.  It wasn’t until I returned to the kitchen and had a quick light bulb moment. The smear could actually be on the inside of the window.  I hadn't thought of checking the inside of the window, as I always ensured this particular window, that overlooked the garden, was always gleaming.  Yes..... I hated to admit to myself, the smear was actually on the inside!
You see, there is no real point in complaining that we cannot see out of our windows, if the dirt is on the inside, where we can so easily, clean it ourselves. Such things as envy,  anger,  jealousy,  resentment, bitterness and  other giants in our lives, tend to cloud the inside window of our hearts and minds, leading to a distorted and false outlook on other people, other situations - the world!

"How terrible it will be for you teachers of religious law
and you Pharisees. Hypocrites!
You are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish,
but inside you are filthy, full of greed and self-indulgence! 
Blind Pharisees!
First wash the inside of the cup, and then the outside will become clean, too.
Matthew 23:25-26

We see in  Matthew Chapter 23   how the he Scribes and the Pharisees were rebuked sharply by Jesus, as they clearly demonstrated, that they where only interested in external actions and were quite ignorant to the issues of the heart. They were satisfied with a superficial cleansing and the appearance of righteousness.
Sometimes we can too can be preoccupied with religion and the pleasing of man, that we neglect the intimate walk with our Lord. 
Man looks on the outward appearance, our God looks on the heart.

As we realise this, we must continually seek the grace of God to keep the inside of our spiritual windows clear.

I'm off for a check up  - How about you - When did you last have your vision checked?


Denise said...

Carole; such an inspiring post! I often ask myself if the person I am on the outside expresses the reality of the person I am on the inside. True beauty doesn’t come from the outside; it comes from deep down inside our hearts. The person we appear to be on the outside is only an image; it’s who we are inside that really matters! :)

Blessings and hugs on this very special Palm Sunday,

Carole in the UK said...

I too wonder the same thing. I pray that my fruits be seen on the outside!
I truly love Easter. Palm Sunday always takes me back to my childhood when we would attend Sunday School and the teachers would excite us with the story of Jesus riding the donkey.

May the Lord bless you and keep you.

Wanda said...

Oh girl, this is a good one. This world tends to focus on the external but it's what is on the inside that counts and is often over looked.

Carole in the UK said...

Hi Wanda
We also have to remember that God is not as man as He works inside out and not outside in.

Thanks for joining the conversation.

Belle said...

Jesus was so honest and forthright. He told the Pharisees what they needed to hear. Yes, our hearts are so much more important than what we do or even say. Man looks on the outside, but God looks at the heart. God is working on each heart to reach up to him for strength and help. There is no use trying to live for God through works without the heart involved.

Laurie Collett said...

God knows the hearts & is not fooled by our attempts to clean up the exterior. Praise God that He indwells believers with His Holy Spirit.
Thanks so much for visiting & commenting on Saved by Grace! Your blog is a blessing and I am now following it, and I invite you to follow Saved by Grace:
Love in Him,
Laurie Collett

Tracy said...

Hi Carole - such a great post and so true, if the dirt is on the inside, best we start working on it so we can see clearly. Thank you for linking this post up. Loved seeing you there and look forward to seeing you there next week :)
God bless

Laurie Collett said...

What an excellent post -- it is what comes from within that defiles a man, not that which enters him from without. Thanks for the great illustration!
Love in Him,

Prayer Notes by Cynthia said...

Carole, this is a wonderfully true post! I love the fact that we need to look on the inside. In fact, isn't that what we should always do, first? Look on the inside, before snooping around on the outside? Yes, you are sooooo right! I loved this post and the analogy you used. Many blessings to you and yours!

momto8 said...

oh yes...I have to check myself often because I could clearly see everyone else's faults...but am blind to mine! thanks for this post.
i am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

Donna said...

I enjoyed this post. Thank you for sharing.

Carole in the UK said...

Belle, Laurie, Tracey, Cynthia, Momto8
Thank you for visiting the Faith Lounge and joining the conversation.
Checking our vision should be a daily discipline in our walk in order that we can become the person God created us to be.
Blessings to you all.

Alida said...

What a great analogy...thank you so much for sharing this.

JT said...

This is a great post.....and so true. God bless you.

Angela said...

Wonderful post, Carole. It's always so easy for us to see the speck in someone else's eye when we can't see the beam in our own. God bless

Carole in the UK said...

Thank you for visiting The Faith Lounge Angela, God Bless

Bomi said...

Thank you so very much for sharing! We all need that check up very regularly. I love the way you broke it down. Thanks for allowing God to use you. I pray that our lives will always glorify him, I pray that we will learn from the mistakes of others as described in the Bible ("Blind Pharisees") and not continually repeat these mistakes! Thanks so much! God bless you Ms Carole!

Carole in the UK said...

Bomi, thank you for joining in the conversation. I am so excited that I am able to connect with so many encouraging bloggers. God is truly doing a mighty thing. Sometimes, all I want to do is worship Him ALL day. I give Him all the glory and the praise.
I pray all is well with you and you family.

God Bless you xx

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PJ said...

Hey Carole! SURPRISE! I loved your post! It rings so true! I'm a LOUSY window cleaner. I'm always leaving streaks. I pray that God helps me do a better job on the window of my heart. One of my favorite verses is one I use for prayer quite often. It's
Create in me a clean heart O God and renew a right spirit within me.
Psalm 51:10

I feel that that verse says it all. We need to humble ourselves enough so that we realize that only GOD can get the "streaks" and leftover residue off of the windows of our heart. Thank you for inspiring me. My heart ( and eyes) are welling up inside (and out) with tears needing God to search my heart for the "hidden sins" which I may not even realize I have buried within me unknowingly. God Bless You Carole!

I also wanted to let you know that I have been starting some new conversations in my community. Hope you will check them out. Love you and your deep love for God.


PJ said...

UH-oh Carole! I don't know if my original comment went through or not. (I hope so cause I poured my heart out). Anyway,I accidently just typed in the letters and left the number off of the robot detector, and my comment disappeared. I'm hoping it took it anyway without the number.

Without going into all the detail I just wrote, let me say that your post was MOST inspiring. My favorite verse that I (try) to pray every morning is Psalm 51:10...Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. To me that says it all. We all need to humble ourselves and remember that GOD is the only one who can COMPLETELY get the streaks and leftover residue off of our hearts. I also ask Him to search my heart for any Hidden sins which I may not even realize exist. Sins which I may have unwittingly committed. We must also remember that it won't come automatically, God HAS to be ASKED. Thank you for allowing me to put in my quarter's worth (I know, it used to be 2 cents) but inflation strikes again! LOL!)

Anyway, I also wanted to tell you that I have started up my Community again and have added some new discussions. I hope you will come visit and put in your quarter or even DOLLAR'S worth! God Bless You Carole, as well as your inspiring words. They brought tears to my heart and eyes as I thought about how I continually need to humble myself before God, yet I sometimes tend to get "busy" and forget to ask for His forgiveness, help and guidance EACH AND EVERY DAY. Again, May God rain His BLESSINGS down upon you and your blog.

Love ya!

Carole in the UK said...

Aw! PJ, thanking you for popping into the Faith Lounge and for joining in the conversation.
I will check out your community.
I have not been on Blogfrog for a while. - God Bless

Ken said...

Hi Carole,
What an awesome post! It is easy to clean yourself up on the outside and look good for others to see. I think we all need to have a vision check up and make sure that we are not a white washed tomb full of dead men's bones.
I was pleased to see you on my blog and it was nice to visit your blog again. I hope and pray all is well with you and may God bless,

Carole in the UK said...

Thank you for popping in again Ken.
I endeavour to have a daily vision check and the Holy Spirit reminds me of those places that I have 'missed'. God bless you more.

Rob Barkman said...

Very well said Carole... and so true. It will not be until we enter eternity that we will have "crystal clear" vision of Him and His Truths.

Lord bless you.

Carole in the UK said...

Thank you for popping by Rob.
God bless you.