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by Phil Ware
Jimmy Roberts turned the phrase during his closing Olympic commentary: The Blind Spot of Our Joy. What a powerful image! What a convicting phrase! What a vivid verbal reminder of a profound and convicting truth!
In of our Christian communities, many of us enjoy the blessings of acceptance, love, affirmation, support, friendship, and encouragement. But look in the fringes of the crowds. Hear the soft cries of the shy and overlooked. Feel the isolation and loneliness of the brokenhearted. Notice the eyes of pain among the present, but invisible hungering to be welcomed and loved.
Yes, theyve always been there. In fact, most of us have to admit that we have been there at one time or another. But, there is a very tough place to be. Left out in the moment of joy. Not noticed in the excitement of friendship and fellowship. Caught on the outside looking in and longing to be included. Trapped and overlooked in the blind spot of our joy.
Jesus found these left out folks. He validated them. He touched them. He looked into the blind spot of joy and helped those trapped there to find what others had.
In our moments of joy, lets throw our heads back and rejoice in the Lord with all of our heart. Lets give thanks for the overflow of his blessings with exuberance. Lets enjoy the fellowship of friends in Jesus with our hearts filled to bursting. But, lets also look on the fringes. Lets find the blind spot of our joy and include those who are lost in it.
All of us who sit at the table of the Lord all of us who take the bread and share the wine make a covenant pledge to be the Lords Body, his active presence in the world (1 Corinthians 10:16-17). We commit that our hearts will be moved to find the one lost sheep, the misplaced coin, and every missing child (Luke 15). We commit to rejoice with all who rejoice and weep with all those who weep (Romans 12:15). We commit to bring those who are without invitation to the wedding feast of the Lord (Luke 22:9).
In our moments of joy, Jesus wants us to remove the blind spot and include the forgotten. Why? Because thats the heart of Jesus! Thats the will of God! Thats the glory of heaven! Lets make a commitment to be the kind of person who removes the blind spot and shares his joy with everyone. Lets eliminate the blindspot of our joy!
Author: Phil Ware
Publication Date: March 18, 2002
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