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Kandi Farris: I can see clearly now

Kandi Farris

Birthdays. With each passing year the candles on the cake become a fire hazard.

Yes, more years, more wrinkles and poor eyesight. Maybe there's a reason for the dimming of the eye. Heard it said our poor eyesight might have be the Master's plan. As the wrinkles come, the eyesight dims.

One thing should never dim or grow old: That would be a faith-focused eye and a thankful heart. I remember writing about how a mission trip changed how we look at the "wrinkles" of our days. Here's a look back and then forward movement.

We often are so overwhelmed by life and the day-to-day, we forget to be thankful. Other people's lives begin to look better to us than our own.

We need a fresh outlook. Often that comes when we least expect it. My church and other churches have sent mission teams all over the world. I know of groups helping in Moldova, Indian reservations, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, India and Africa.

Perspective comes in serving and in giving. My assessment of things took a twist, though. We often think of the people who go on these trips as the missionaries. We marvel at how strong they must be to be a part of these missions. But what if a person who is worn from suffering through a battle with cancer becomes the servant, a missionary.

I rubbed my presbyopic eyes and opened them to see the strongest are not necessarily the "strongest." A lady wondered how she could thank people she didn't even know for praying for her and caring for her while she took chemo and waited for reports and then went through the whole process again. She wanted, in her time of need, to give back.

The people praying for her also were serving in an orphanage in Moldova, building bonds with the children and young people. As time has gone on, the precious woman who has been strengthened in prayer now shares her help in giving and in writing and getting to be a part of serving someone else, someone as far away as in Moldova, even if it is from her home.

The mission is not in "who" serves or "how." It is simply serving in whatever capacity God has given you at this very time.

That'll preach, y'all. That's visionary. That's the Gospel of Christ. "In Him we live and move and have our being." Acts 17:28

This is the perfect kind of eyesight and heart. Thank You, Lord, for your many blessings. May the flames grow bigger as we faithfully serve. "That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither -- whatever they do prospers." That's the icing on the cake.

Kandi Farris, a freelance correspondent, also is a speaker on matters of faith and values.