Stumbling on Words

My role at work is to help design and develop corporate training. I usually have to convey ideas and concepts in a manner that can be easily understood. In addition, I am often project lead, which usually involves editing the work produced by others. In other words, it requires me to see what’s wrong with the way someone has written or developed something. This “skill” becomes a disadvantage when I carry it over into my personal life and always look for what is wrong. Focusing on what’s wrong can cause us to miss everything’s that’s good.

God wants us to discern the good from the bad, but He doesn’t want us to focus only on the bad. This may make us feel more critical or discouraged. Having a full understanding of what is wrong allows us to more clearly see what is right. In recent days, I have been noticing that my eyesight is getting a little blurry – both literally, and figuratively. Clear views allow us to see the stumbling blocks in our road, so as to avoid running directly into them, rather than focusing on the fact that they have been placed in our way.

This is what the Lord says – your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you the way you should go.” Isaiah 48:17

And, sometimes, that path may be slightly interrupted by a stumbling block, but clear vision may allow us to see it and then more easily move toward what’s good.

Adapted from The Daily Bread, Occupational Hazard.

Sarah Thompson


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