I hate wearing my glasses. Yes, they are cute, but they slide down my nose. When I read, I can’t see the words. So I lift my glasses off my eyes for reading, but I still have to wear them for watching tv or seeing my family. Needless to say, it gets annoying. So, I just don’t wear them most of the time. My doctor has prescribed me a contact. Yes, you read that right. Just one contact. It’s a bifocal contact, to be exact. I wear it in my right eye. I wear nothing in my left. It took about 6 weeks to train my brain to see appropriately, but it totally works! I can read and write and look up and see things far away without ever having to mess with my lenses.
Do you wear glasses too? Have you ever borrowed or traded glasses with a friend? When you put on lenses that don’t belong to you, suddenly the world looks completely different. It may be blurry. It may actually be much more sharp. But chances are, your vision is not what it was before putting them on.
We all wear glasses of a sort when it comes to our beliefs. You may see the world a certain way, but if you trade out the lenses, things suddenly look very different. When it comes to which spiritual glasses you wear, the choice is yours.
One day, my husband was at the temple with the youth. As part of preparation for baptisms, the temple president came in to speak to the kids. At this time in his life, my husband was counseling someone who was going through a severe faith crisis. My husband decided to see what this friend was seeing. So, he switched out his spiritual glasses and put on his friend’s skeptical lenses.
As he did this, the temple president was speaking to the youth about all the spirits who were waiting on the other side for their work to be done. He said how grateful the spirits were to the patrons for giving them the opportunity to receive this necessary ordinance.
When the new skeptical glasses went on, my husband suddenly started hearing something completely different. “This is so cheesy. This is completely hokey. The temple president is just manipulating their feelings.” He noticed the spirit left him almost immediately. So, he took off the skeptical glasses and put his own faith glasses back on.
He was amazed at how quickly the spirit left. Even sitting in the temple! The only thing that had changed was how he perceived the words of the president and surroundings. The temple president’s words hadn’t changed and my husband was still in the temple. The point is, faith is up to YOU! How you see the gospel, how you receive the messages of your leaders, the scriptures, or even the ordinances themselves is up to you.
You can choose to see things through the eyes of a believer, or you can wear the glasses of a skeptic. Either way, your reality will change based on YOUR choices. Faith isn’t always easy, and it is different for everyone. But I challenge you to choose to believe it is true. Even if it is hard sometimes, give your leaders, apostles and prophets (past and present) a break. Choose to see things through the eye of a believer and I think you’ll feel the spirit more and you’ll find more happiness in your life.
What you see is up to you!