Scotoma

Give them a better view.

About 100 years ago, when I was a student in sales training, the instructor told the class not to let a scotoma keep us from reaching our goal.

He explained that a person with a physical scotoma has a blind spot, a black area in the center of their field of vision that is surrounded by normal vision.

But the instructor was talking about a metaphorical, psychological ‘blind spot’ in our ability to see or understand something that may be obvious to others. He said we all have these metaphorical scotomas. They are blind spots to truths and realities, which can prevent innovation, change, and improvement.

We create these blind spots ourselves through the development of beliefs, conditioning, and assumptions built up over time. They are powerful because they influence how I see – and don’t see – the world around me.

I have known for a while that I have a scotoma about judgment and criticism (see “Ants in Your Pants” from 6/8/12.)

When anyone suggests a change for me, I feel attacked. But I almost always see a “better” way of doing something done by others – and most things done by myself.

This week it came to a head. I saw a place in myself where I was so critical that even I couldn’t see why I was doing it.

That critical spirit was blinding me to God’s unconditional love for others. It was blinding me to His unconditional love for me. The magnifying glass I use to critique and evaluate others doesn’t help me see at all. It is a black hole that blocks things as God views them.

I told God I don’t want that critical spirit anymore. I obviously haven’t been able to remove it on my own, so I ask – I will for – Him to remove it.

It scares me to walk away from that. The enemy tells me that critical spirit is how I’ve survived this long.

But my heart tells me that God’s grace and mercy is how I have survived. His grace and mercy is how I have thrived. He’s given me a peek at His way and He can bring me all the way through it.

You can’t remove all the need in the world today but there are lots of ways you can help. Ask God to reveal your scotoma, what’s behind it, and what’s beyond it.

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