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When To Have Tunnel Vision

Posted in Affirmation, Guest Writers, and Relationships

Guest Writer Series

 I am pleased to introduce Christy Mobley as a guest writer for this week’s post. Christy and I met at a speakers and writers conference last year. I’m glad we did. Her candor and wisdom are an encouragement to me.  I believe her post on “when to have tunnel vision” will encourage you too! 
 

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If you were to see me driving down the road, I’m sorry but I probably wouldn’t see you. You could wave your hands, honk your horn, and still, I wouldn’t even notice I’ve just passed you.

I’m not trying to be rude. Really.

When I drive I look straight ahead (with the exception of pulling out into traffic) so I can see where I’m going.

My husband tells me I have tunnel vision. Both he and friends tease me about it all the time. But maybe it’s a good thing to ignore what’s on your right and what’s to your left.

However, when I’m walking for exercise, walking in the mall, or even down a sidewalk, I haven’t always adopted this same ethic. Instead, I’ve had more of a wandering vision and it’s gotten me into a mess more than once.

I remember one instance in particular where hubby and I were strolling down the sidewalk at an outside mall. I was trying to check out the delicious purse dangling from the cute girl’s shoulder to my right when I ran smack into a street sign. Ouch!

Humiliating and painful all at the same time.

More often, I just mow people down while I’m gawking at something or somebody to the right or left.

Okay, you might be thinking that I’m not paying attention.

But I am.

As a matter of fact, I’m paying too much attention—to what’s on my left and what’s on my right.

And that’s what we do when we compare—we give too much consideration to what others have or don’t and where they’re going with it.

post for Joy Williams (1)When we rank ourselves by looking at our neighbor, we get a skewed view of who we are and where we’re headed.

But we all do this thing, compare. We can’t seem to help ourselves.

Sure we may see some benefit when we look one way and see that we do something better than somebody else but when we look the other way there will always be someone who can do that same thing better than we can.

Although weighing ourselves against another person may temporarily puff us up, we are sure to get the wind knocked out of us soon or later.

There’s nothing fair with the word compare.

I heard Lysa TerKeurst once say. “Don’t compare your chapter one to my chapter twenty.”

Here’s why: We are all on our own unique journey mapped out specifically for us to fulfill God’s purposes.

Comparison is a clever distraction, a temptation constructed by our distorted human condition, derailing us off God’s course.

When we look around to see what others are doing and where they’re going, we can’t see where God is leading.

We lose our bearing.

Isaiah 30:21 tells us, “When you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’ ”

Just think of God as our personal GPS. If we listen, He’ll direct us where to go. No need to look at our neighbor.

Lesson here? Don’t run into street signs or worse, mow somebody over.

Let’s keep our eyes on the prize—the journey that God’s already intentionally mapped out for us. There’s no looking to the right or the left, just straight ahead.

And all we need is a little… tunnel vision.

 

for linkedin (1) (1)Christy is a wife, mother, writer, mentor, and Life Purpose Coach. She is passionate about encouraging women to move forward, and press on through their struggles, seeking God’s presence in every bump and turn in the road.  You can connect with Christy at christymobley.com ,(Joying in the Journey), Facebook, or Twitter.

 

10 Comments

  1. Heleka Solomon
    Heleka Solomon

    Christy, you are speaking directly to me this morning…. Such a timely word for ME! Thank you 😊! Heleka

    September 29, 2015
  2. Heleka, I’m so glad you heard a word meant for you. Isn’t God good? This life can be a difficult journey but God blesses us with each other to get us through! Your comments blessed me today. Thank you.

    September 29, 2015
  3. Joy
    Joy

    Yes Heleka – I second your comments! I really appreciate this post from Christy. It speaks volumes!

    September 29, 2015
  4. Crystal Dawn Murphy
    Crystal Dawn Murphy

    Christy, I love the scripture you referenced. You’ve reminded me of the importance of keeping our focus on God and Him alone

    September 29, 2015
  5. Such a good word here today, Christy. Comparison is a distraction of the enemy…That sinks in and hurts a little. But I totally see it. When I get wrapped up in comparison, who am I thinking about? (me!) Thanks so much for your wise words today. #RaRaLinkup

    September 29, 2015
    • Oh, Angela, I’m just seeing this. Thank you for your gracious comments. Something I learned just today: Sometimes I may think I have this comparison thing licked,but then I have a vulnerable day, and it sneaks back in! It reminds me I have to keep filling up my tank with Jesus. And that’s a beautiful thing.

      October 6, 2015
  6. Me too Crystal. The verse is one of my favorites.

    September 30, 2015
  7. Thanks for sharing your insights on comparison.

    If I were to name the most quoted verse I have used in my blogs posts it would be Isaiah 30:21. The applications of that verse are limitless as in all things, we should always be listening for that still small voice to say, this is the way walk in it. Thank you for sharing how it applies to comparing ourselves.

    Always leave your posts feeling edified. Thanks! 🙂

    October 2, 2015
  8. Susan B Mead
    Susan B Mead

    Christy, thank you. Neither to the left or to the right. Oh my! I’ve got a wandering eye…haven’t hit a sign…yet, so thanks for the heads up. To listen to our God given GPS. Thank you!

    October 4, 2015

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