Fresh Hope – 15th September 2017

We all know people who have selective hearing, but did you know that most people have selective seeing too?

Selective seeing is more commonly referred to as ‘having a blind spot’, where you are blind to some of your own character traits.

If you’ve ever been surprised by someone’s critique about you, then you probably have a blind spot.

If you’ve found yourself justifying yourself with the words ‘I didn’t realise that I came across like that’, then you probably have a blind spot.

Blind spots enable you to see things clearly in other people’s lives, whilst seemingly causing you to be blind to your own.

There are any number of blind spots, but here are just a few of the most noticeable ones that you can check yourself by:

– Blind to your selfish side. If you admit it, you can deal with it

– Blind to your limitations. You are not as good at everything as you think. Ask others what you are hopeless at. Open rebuke is better than hidden love.

– Blind to your ego. (Ego is the latin word for I) The greatest fault is to not realise that you talk about yourself all of the time.

– Blind to your emotions. You don’t realise you are angry, jealous, insecure, aggressive. When you RECOGNISE an emotion, it’s the only time you can deal with it. ‘I’m just emotional’ is not good enough.

– Blind to your strengths. On a positive note we can also be positive to the very things that we are good at. Pretending that you’re not good at them when you know that you really are, is false humility and pride.

Gain respect and give respect by taking a look in the mirror more often and seeing the real you that others see.

THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE.

There is one other blind spot that we should mention too; Relationship blind spots keep us from recognising good people that God wants to send into our lives; we will often trade them off for poor and damaging relationships that look good on the surface. Open your eyes to see who is really entering and exiting your life.

A friend of mine that was quite often speaking in front of a camera thought that he had a really happy and smiley face, that was until he decided to watch himself on TV one day. He suddenly realised that he didn’t come across anything like he thought he did.

Could it be that you think you come across as welcoming and friendly yet in reality you are actually driving people away from your life simply because you come across as judgemental and angry?

Give yourself a check up from the neck up today!

Matthew 7:3-5 ‘Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, “Let me take the speck out of your eye,” when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Pastor Mark

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