“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen not only because I see it but because by it I see everything else.”

C.S. Lewis, Christian Theologian

Do you see — yourself, others, the world — as God sees? Or have distractions blinded you from seeing God’s vision?

By God’s grace open your eyes and see.

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Therefore, they called a second time for the man who had been born blind and said to him, “Give glory to God. We know this man is a sinner.”

The man answered, “I don’t know whether he’s a sinner. Here’s what I do know: I was blind and now I see.”

They questioned him: “What did he do to you? How did he heal your eyes?”

He replied, “I already told you, and you didn’t listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples too? ... If this man wasn’t from God, he couldn’t do this.”

They responded, “You were born completely in sin! How is it that you dare to teach us?” Then they expelled him.

John 9:24-27, 33-34

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Seeing isn’t always believing. At least that was the case for the Pharisees. After several rounds of probing this now-seeing blind man, they still wouldn’t accept Jesus as a man from God. You can hear the frustration in the voice of the young man on trial, “I already told you, and you didn’t listen. Why do you want to hear it again?”

Have you ever felt unheard? As a young minister, I once expressed disagreement with a particular program at a youth camp my students were attending. Instead of respecting my opinion, the camp directors verbally abused me and threatened to send my students and me home early. While having been strongly supported in my ministry since then, I still carry the wounds these religious authorities inflicted.

When your voice seems unheard, it’s tempting to believe your voice is not worth hearing. In times like these, I hope you remember the young man in this passage. In the midst of insult and disbelief, he remained confident in his voice, ultimately becoming a teacher to his teachers.

Matt Andrews

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Loving God, I can make a difference in this world with your help. Give me the courage to believe in myself, even when others do not. Amen.

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Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
naught be all else to me, save that Thou art:
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

from “Be Thou my Vision,” traditional Irish hymn

Even now, God is giving you a new vision. What do you see?

What journey must you take to make God’s vision a reality?

Matt Andrews

Rev. Matt Andrews serves as the Associate Pastor of Youth and Missions at Liberty Crossings United Methodist Church in Vestavia Hills, AL. He is also a chaplain at UAB Medical Center and a Doctor of Ministry Candidate at Emory University. Matt has now entered his eighth year of pastoral service, having served multiple congregational, academic, and clinical settings in Alabama, California, and Texas. In 2012, he graduated from George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University in Waco, TX with his Master of Divinity. Matt is married to his best friend and love of his life, Emily, who teaches music and worship at Samford University, Matt and Emily’s alma mater. Matt resides in Homewood with Emily and their three dogs — Lily, Daisy, and O’Henry.

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