Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Remove the Dark Shades

One thing that has always just made me roll my eyes… annoys me to no end…

Those who seem to see their boyfriend or girlfriend with rose-colored glasses. I see this a lot in teenagers and young adults – people so desperate to be loved, they refuse to see any sort of fault in the other person. They are blind to the verbal, emotional, or physical abuse. They are blind to cheating or spending money frivolously or their lack of responsibility. All they see is “Ohhh… he’s so perfect and loves me so much!”

But, sometimes I think maybe we should all take off our dark shades and put on rose-colored glasses.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m not saying we should be blind to any kind of abuse or harmful behavior. However, we should be blind to the little things. We should stop seeing only the faults in those we claim to love. We should focus on the good. We should learn to recognize the good. We should stop letting their faults overshadow the beauty and love we’re given.

We should stop letting the faults of this world overshadow the beauty and love God has given us.

Today’s Lenten sacrifice:

Stop seeing only the “bad” things.

Before you go to bed each night, write down one good thing your significant other has done for you. Write down one good thing God has done for you. Let yourself go to sleep focusing on those positive thoughts. Wake up in the morning and reread what you wrote. Start your day remembering the good in your life, and giving thanks for that good.

Lord, help to be more positive and see more positive in our relationships. Let us focus on the beauty and the love we give and receive from others, rather than on the faults of others or ourselves. Help us to focus on the beauty and love we receive from you, rather than on all the chaos and pain that exists in this world, so that we can reflect that beauty and love onto others. Remove these dark shades from our eyes so that we can see clearer all the blessings in our lives. 

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