Saturday, October 29, 2011

Luke 18: 35-43

In Thomas Friedman’s newest book “That Used To Be Us” he analyzes what it will take for the USA to address both internal and global challenges facing us. Early in the book he described an Air Force term called OODA loop. It stands for “observe, orient, decide, act.” The Air Force determined that “when you are a fighter pilot, if your OODA loop is faster than the other guy’s, you will always win the dogfight.” Friedman translates that into the realm of politics and charges that we spend too little time and energy observing, orienting, deciding, and acting and more time “shouting, asserting, dividing, and postponing.”

When I read an author like Friedman, I translate these observations to the faith life. It is vitally critical for us to be spiritually observant, biblically oriented, spiritually decisive and obediently acting. But everything hinges on observant. What we see and don’t see makes all the difference in the world. What we pay attention to and focus on matters deeply. Who I see and don’t see is vital for my obedience as a disciple.

If you read this and are wondering, “Haven’t I heard something like this before?” You have! The last three questions Jesus has asked have focused (no pun intended) on spiritual vision: seeing specks or logs, seeing the woman, and this Sunday on healing blind Bartimaeus. Seeing matters. Last Sunday I closed worship asking you if God was doing spiritual eye surgery on you? How are you seeing others differently because of what God is doing within you?

As you prepare for worship this Sunday, reflect on Jesus’ question to blind Bartimaeus: “What do you want me to do for you?” (Luke 18:41) What’s the next step you need Jesus to do in your life?


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