By Alan Smith
Sam, an old man, was a witness in a burglary case. The defense
lawyer asked Sam, "Did you see my client commit this burglary?"
"Yes," said Sam , "I saw him plainly take the goods."
The lawyer asked Sam again, "Sam, this happened at night. Are you sure you saw my client commit this crime?"
"Yes" said Sam, "I saw him do it."
Then the lawyer asked Sam, "Sam listen, you are 80 years old and
your eyesight probably is bad. Just how far can you see at night?"
Sam said, "I can see the moon, how far is that?"
Now I'm not prepared to discuss the validity of such a statement in
court. But this story does serve as a reminder that some people are
content to be concerned with what they can see up close and forget what
they can see from afar. For example, it is a common sight to see
someone walking along with their eyes focused only on the ground a few
feet in front of them. They end up seeing all sorts of things -- coins,
buttons, pieces of trash. But they miss out on all the beauty of the
world around them.
And yet we all tend to do the same thing spiritually. We keep our
eyes on television ads, store displays and our next door neighbors and
focus on all the "things" we think we need, and fail to see the
spiritual things that really matter. I challenge you to walk through a
shopping mall and look not in the store windows, but at the number of
souls you pass by who need Jesus. I challenge you to drive through a
busy part of town without focusing on the Lexuses in front of you and
behind you, but on the physical and spiritual needs of the people to
your right and your left. I challenge you to look beyond the things of
this world to those things on a higher plane.
"Since you were brought back to life with Christ, focus on the
things that are above -- where Christ holds the highest position. Keep
your mind on things above, not on worldly things." (Colossians 3:1-2)
How far can YOU see?
Have a great day!
- Alan Smith, author of the popular "Thought For Today," and minister
for the Fayetteville Church of Christ in Fayetteville, NC, may be
contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org