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This new year is 2020, a number that we also use to talk about vision. 20-20 vision is pretty good. Hindsight is always 20-20, but foresight rarely is. And vision is a profoundly important spiritual issue. Jesus said that those who would see God’s kingdom must be born anew, born from above. And throughout the Bible, there are repeated references to the way we see or don’t see. Spiritual sight and spiritual blindness are critical issues.

In the process of growing up, we develop a “worldview,” a way of seeing the world. And we filter what happens to us through this way of seeing the world.

I suspect, although I cannot know, that there is always vastly more going on, than I notice at any given time. My worldview allows me to see certain things and blinds me to others.

Learning to see requires me to become aware of the ways in which I am blind. Among those are the many ways in which I am privileged and unable to see the realities of those who don't share my privilege.