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Spiritual eyes see far beyond right now

Most people live in the moment. They live by the tactile, not the timeless.

We face problems and struggles all of our lives, but when we only live moment to moment we miss so much.

To walk by the light of the Lord means that our vision improves (1 John 1:7). The mundane is replaced by the majestic when we see as God sees. 

In Daniel 9, Daniel’s experience with visions and dreams teaches him to look ahead to days he can’t see, times when God’s punishment will come upon the nation of Israel. While the common man rationalizes and denies, Daniel repents.

If our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20), then that’s where our head, heart and eyes should be.

While we still must live on earth and do all the things that are required here, we do so from a spiritual place, and we see and filter everything through the prism of heaven.

We interpret all that happens through our eternal vision; the pieces shift, and the world makes much more sense.

We see people as spiritual beings and assess our challenges through the lens of what is best for our souls. Does this action, word or thought glorify Christ? (Ephesians 3:20-21).

We learn that every bad thing won’t destroy us. We persevere and remain faithful (Revelation 2:10).

If we have problems in our relationships with others, we weigh them against the bigger picture. Is this dilemma really worth destroying our bond?

We decide to remain married no matter what, and small problems become less important. Commitment sustains us better than love.

In parenting, we always focus on training our children to be successful adults and we’re constantly teaching life lessons rather than trying to get them to behave in the moment.

Therefore, we’ll take fewer chances because the exhilaration of the moment is extended over the tapestry of years. Wiser decisions are the result that will generally bring a longer, more fulfilling life.

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

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