Check Your Blind Spot
Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults. Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.
─ Psalm 19:12-13
Most of us were likely warned about blind spots during our very first driving lesson. Just as potentially harmful are mental and emotional blind spots in our personal lives.
Before his political career began, former President Ronald Reagan was a popular actor married to the Hollywood star Jane Wyman. One day, he came home and was shocked to be informed that his wife was divorcing him. “I suppose there had been warning signs,” he wrote in his memoir, “if only I hadn’t been so busy.”
It’s vital to our walk of faith to be aware of things lurking outside our field of vision that could knock us off course. Our particular blind spots could be almost anything:
- Ignoring the wise advice of a spouse or trusted colleague.
- Frittering away time on social networking sites.
- Transferring work stress to our families in the form of anger and criticism.
Remember, just knowing the nature of our blind spots isn’t enough. It doesn’t matter how experienced or skilled we are in driving, we can end up wrecked if we refuse to continually check our blind spots.
Today’s One Thing
What’s your biggest blind spot? Write it at the top of your to-do list or in some place where you’ll be reminded of it regularly and ask the Lord to help you check it daily.