Faces on Faith: Seeing life through a new lens
I borrowed the title from the October issue of The Oprah Magazine. Her perspective was focused on loving your flaws and quirks, which undoubtedly creates a happier mental state.
A more literal view of seeing life clearly was illustrated by Joseph Carbone of Utah, who founded Eyecare 4 Kids, featured on NBC’s “Making a Difference” segment. Barely able to see as a kid until age 17, when his parents could finally afford to buy him glasses, it changed his life so dramatically that, as an adult, he recently mortgaged his home in order to provide glasses for 75,000 kids through his nonprofit. One boy told him he had never seen leaves on a tree before.
While most of us have found corrective lenses so our physical sight is not occluded, we may still be “seeing through a glass darkly” as the Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 13:12, or in Mark 8:18, where Jesus says, “Having eyes, see ye not, and ears, hear ye not?”
The well-loved hymn “Amazing Grace” tells us: “I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.”
It is well documented that creative people of any age, doing work they love, seem to face life with zest, joy, greater freedom and an almost unlimited perspective.
Christian Science, as described by Mary Baker Eddy in her seminal work “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” presents us with a spiritual lens through which to view the world.
In metaphysics we have dropped the human concept. Whatever is true to divine reality constitutes the truth of each one of us here and now without a single reservation. As this Christ consciousness, man’s spiritual completeness is far beyond anything we could hope to attain with a merely material view.
This inspired sight which we all can experience is gained by viewing life through a spiritual lens.
-June Sieber, The Christian Science Church, Sanibel