Different Eyes


As I was taking John Henry to school the other day, he noticed how small the trees were around us.  We had just spent time in Georgia where the trees are tall, lush, and plentiful.  This fact can, often times, make me critical of Oklahoma’s lack of vegetation.

“The trees aren’t like that here,” I told him.

“But they’re growing,” he said.

His response stayed with me the rest of the day. 

But, they’re growing.

How often we look at situations – specifically people – with a critical eye.  I recently heard my dad talk about blurred vision and how we often try to focus on both worldly and heavenly values.  Matthew 6:22-23 says, “Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light.  But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!”

Our critical eyes can allow darkness to fill our body.  I don’t want to have blurred vision.  I want to be able to look at people with His eyes.  And, when I do, I just might see that they are growing.


Filed under God Stuff, Kid Stuff, Spiritual Journey

9 responses to “Different Eyes

  1. Wanda shaw

    This has to be the BEST thing I have read in a long time. And, at this time in my life something I needed to read! Love you Dusty Goss Takle, and Love your family!

  2. Well, this was an enlightener to my eyes! Great blog, yes, when we dont like the effect of what the person is doing, I tend to criticize, have to repent again, instead of praying, which i end up doing anyway, especially when it is family. Love this vision of JH. Love how you imparted alot to him, Kris too! Great parents!

  3. I’ve learned more from my children than I could ever imagine….guess I needed to learn a LOT! 🙂

    Loved this story….he’s got insight beyond his years!

  4. Wendy Verdon

    Awesome! The apple does not fall far from the tree. God uses our kids to make us see things too! Great insight.

  5. we ARE supposed to become like a child…

  6. This is sooo good. I have been trying not to be as critical in my life. Especially since I am most critical of myself. 🙂

    I grew up in Santa Cruz. Spent a lot of time in the mountians. The mountains are full of super duper tall redwoods. When I moved to Reno, which is high desert, I looked at their little trees and asked if anybody was ever going to trim the shrubs. LOL The trees were so small!!

  7. Heidi

    I so needed this. so needed it.

    Thank you, it pierced me.

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