“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
-2 Corinthians 5:17

Have you ever seen the famous illustration where, depending on how you perceive it, either you see the profiles of two faces (in white) facing each other or you see a vase (in black) in the middle. I had a friend Daniel in college who was brilliant. On the IQ scale, he tested genius. And when he saw this illustration, all he could see was the vase. He couldn’t see the two faces. He’s one of the smartest people I know, and he couldn’t see that there were two faces. All he could see was the vase because, for some reason, he couldn’t stop focusing on the darkest part of that picture.

Is that what you do? You may be brilliant, you may be intelligent, but sometimes all you do is focus on the darkest things.

So, for my friend, we took a yellow marker and highlighted the faces. Finally, he said, “Oh! I see it, yes. I see it.”

Sometimes you need help to see the best, but if you hear anything, it’s this: If you want to see like Jesus, you need to understand that not all that you see is all that is there. And if you want to see like Jesus, you need to trust like Jesus by seeing the best in the world around you.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, sometimes I get stuck in dark places. Thank you for shining your light on my life. It makes all the difference. Amen.

REFLECTION: What is something negative about life that changed once you opened your life to God’s leading?

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