(excerpt from Morning Meditations by Martin Wiles)
Proverbs 25:27 Just as it is not good to eat too much honey, it is not good for people to think about all the honors they deserve. (NLT)
I squinted my eyes but still couldn’t clearly see the bird perched on our feeder. So I reached for the binoculars.
My wife and I are birdwatchers-of the amateur variety. Since more than one feeder is required to attract a variety of birds, we have four dangling in our backyard. Some of our birds stay all year while others are only seasonal visitors.
We enjoy sitting under our carport observing their antics and listening to their calls. But identifying birds often requires more than the naked eye. This is where binoculars come in. Under close observation, what I assumed to be a Brewer’s Blackbird was a boat tailed Grackle.
Even binoculars don’t automatically focus. Three separate actions are required. The arms must be adjusted to produce one circle. The left eye must be closed to focus the right lens. And finally, with both eyes open, the center wheel must be turned to bring the object into focus.
Okay, so I’m a birdwatcher and know how to focus binoculars. What about the proverb? This. Focus doesn’t just happen with binoculars. Nor with life. Too much of even a good thing can be unhealthy. Honey is mentioned, but the main focus is dwelling on accolades we assume we deserve.
When our entire focus is on self, we aren’t well-focused. We may think life is clear and our priorities in order, but they may be fuzzy. Bifocals are useful for up close but totally useless for distance. Binoculars take the far away and bring it closer for review and appreciation.
Happy living doesn’t result from up close viewing but far away focusing. Pride over who I am and what I deserve is diminished when I take an outward glance at how I can assist others. The same applies to making Jesus happy. He said; When you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me. (Matthew 25:45)
Prayer: Lord, when our focus is us centered, turn our attention beyond our self centered walls.