Check your rearview mirror. Look over your shoulder. Signal. Every time we jump into the car, these simple rules from Drivers Ed help us avoid blind spots and the accidents that could follow.
We all have blind spots, in driving vehicles and in navigating life. When we don’t recognize these tender areas, dangerous life events follow.
How do we recognize our blind spots and work on the things others see?
As long as truth is theory it BLINDS. As soon as truth becomes real it BREAKS!
Let me give you an example of what I mean… Every once in a while in my teaching preparation, I go back to an old messages and notes. As I read some of my notes, I often think to myself, “Huh, that was good stuff. Too bad I didn’t have the slightest idea what I was talking about.” I was accurate enough; I spoke truth and sometimes it was even relevant to life, but I did not know what it meant for me. It was truth, but often it was theory.
I have discovered pride in places where I thought I was humble. I have struggled with the personal pain of losing, the shame of rejection, and faced the difficult discovery that I’m not the superman, I thought I was. In many ways truth has become real, though I still have a long way to go. That’s what Paul meant when he said he hadn’t yet arrived. (Phil 3:12-14)
Everybody is on a journey; nobody ever arrives. It’s on the journey that truth becomes real and, when truth becomes real, it breaks us. To see truth is always humbling; to enter into the reality of truth is always breaking. It breaks our pride, our arrogance, our fear, our drivees, it breaks everything that is destructive in our lives and, in so doing it brings us into wholeness.
People who are proud because of knowledge, don’t yet know truth. They only know facts.