We’ve had a spectacular fall this year. I’ve been looking at all the changing leaf colors through my magic sunglasses. They make all the oranges ignite, the reds flame and the yellows become pure gold when the sun shines on them. All this is against the contrasting blue, blue sky. It’s enough to take my breath away.
Of course my sunglasses aren’t magic, but they surely change my perception. The colors unfiltered are amazing. With the filter of my glasses, they become more vibrant, more variety of color and so, so appealing.
Tomorrow I’m going to look at more of God’s spectacular creation through magic glasses. This filter will be the Holy Spirit and I’ll be looking through His perception of humanity. We’re having a Compassion Clinic; medical, dental, vision, social services and much more for hundreds in our community. God has such a heart for the poor. We’ll be privileged to serve and bless some of the poor in our community. But, we won’t be doing it from a position of superiority. There will be no “us” and “them.” We won’t be asking if they’re worthy of receiving services, or if they have the proper documents. Our job will be to treat them with honor and compassion.
James tells us in chapter 2, verses 8 & 9, “Yes indeed, it is good when you obey the royal law as found in the Scriptures: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ But if you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin. You are guilty of breaking the law.” It is sinful to look at God’s precious children through our natural lens of prejudice and discrimination. We need to have our vision filtered to see the vibrant, varied and very appealing beauty in our fellow humans.