So I’ve had this eye problem for about a week now. My contacts were killing my right eye and I couldn’t get any relief. The really encouraging thing was that the doctor didn’t know what was causing it either! They gave me some drops, told me not to wear my contacts, and see what happens. Well my eye got better but I had to wear my glasses. The problem with that is my glasses are about 20 years old which means not only are they bad out of style (and you know how I am about style) but the prescription is way out of date too. So now I am walking around with glasses on, squinting, and getting a tremendous headache because I can’t wear my sunglasses either.
I go back to the doctor and they are happy my eye has cleared up and want me to try some new contacts. Here is the next problem: they don’t have my prescription. They have a little less powerful lens and give it to me. I thought no big deal because it was only a little less but by the end of the day yesterday, my eyes were killing me, my head was killing me, and I can only see in blurs.
I guess now you are ready for the big spiritual truth from this story, right? Here it is: Keep your glasses up to date. Yep, that’s it. If you don’t, you will find yourself trying to remedy a problem with an outdated solution. You just can’t rely on your past success, knowledge, or ability to get you through. You must keep on learning and improving and adding to your collection of skills and tools. Paul told the Philippians, “I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,” (Philippians 3:13 NLT). I believe he means that he won’t let the junk of the past keep him back but I also think that we can’t rely on the “good” of the past to get us through either. Yes the good can encourage and inspire us but you can’t become stagnant in your walk with God.
So keep learning, growing, improving, whatever it takes. Keep your glasses up to date because you never know when your contacts are going to mess you up.
BTW…I am going back to the doctor today to get the correct contacts.