Through our own two eyes

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Rain can ruin your weekend

Or rain can spare your life;

Depending on who you are and what your thirst is like.

                      – Mark Heard, from the song, “Some Folks’ World”

I awoke early this morning to the sound of distant thunder. Thunder is very rare for southern California except for this year which so far has been full of exceptions. It’s been a wet winter and the weather App on my phone is calling for three more days of rain. The storm forecast for today and tonight looks especially problematic for some. We’ve already gotten Weather Watch text alerts to prepare for possible flooding overnight.

My neighbor has to worry about water that can fill up a gulley that runs by his back door and could flood his bottom floor if the two sump pumps that pump water out to the street should become overwhelmed. It hasn’t happened yet, but it’s gotten close. 

I think about this and I am so glad I am not in his situation, and yet I immediately feel bad when I think of how I can distance myself from his problem just because it’s his and not mine. Rain waters my flowers and sounds cozy on my roof, but that same rain could cost him thousands of dollars in repairs, not to mention what it could do to the property of those who have lost their homes to the recent fires in California. Do I care? It all depends on whether I’m looking only through my own two eyes, or through someone else’s. It all depends on whether I have any empathy at all.

Empathy is in short supply these days. It’s fashionable to not concern yourself with anything but your own stuff. Jesus gave us a different example. He was all about everyone else’s stuff. The sick and the demon possessed pulled at His heart. He healed all who came to Him. He never pushed anyone away. He wept over Jerusalem, He felt the touch of a woman’s issue of blood, He made time for the children, He had compassion on the multitude because they hadn’t had anything to eat all day. Jesus was too busy being concerned about everyone else to be concerned for Himself.

We’ve got to pick up the heartbeat of Jesus here and shun current trends. Part of Grace Turned Outward is the ability to stand in other peoples’ shoes and look through other peoples’ eyes. That is part of the nature of grace. Once you have it, it’s for everyone else.

In conclusion, think on these words, and think about those for whom our day is their night. And when it’s night …

Some folks’ world is war torn,

Some folks’ world is fine

This planet makes no sense to the untrained mind

 

Some folks hope for fortune,

Some folks hope to die

We all see our fate through our own two eyes

 

And when it’s day to me it’s night to someone

And when it’s night you may not want to go on

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8 Responses to Through our own two eyes

  1. Sounds as if you have a decision or two to make… as we all do daily.
    Will we choose to be the 21st century equivalent of the Good Samaritan?
    Or will we choose to be the 21st century version of the wealthy man who looked down upon the tax collector and thanked God he wasn’t like him?

  2. This hit the mark and explains much of the reality that is happening in our days… Thank you for reminders that since Christ is in us we have His empathy to be at work in us and to comfort others. Amen

  3. John A Fagliano says:

    When I lived in my parents old house it had a bad roof. I could not afford a new one. That was the reason I had to sell it. I would hate it when it rained because there would always sprout a new leak somewhere. Now, when I hear the rain outside, I give thanks for the roof over my head and the problems I don’t have anymore.

    Sometimes, It takes going through a crisis to be thankful when it’s over but it should not have to be that way. If you count all the blessings you have in life, you can realize somebody somewhere is not blessed the same way and is lacking in that particular thing. That should always make us realize how blessed we are. And if we are blessed, then we are capable of blessing others. Thanks John for once again encouraging us to be more like Jesus.

    • Mark D Seguin says:

      Yes, a great summation to Today’s Catch, which I’ll second: “Thanks John for once again encouraging us to be more like Jesus.”

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