My Eye Personality (Proverbs 27:20)

One of the inevitable facts of life is, as we age, we become presbyopic or far-sighted. After age 40, 100% of the population will experience some degree of this. Reading glasses, bifocals...all of these are to assist the aging eye to view objects that are close.

I am no different. For the past 10 years, I have been wearing glasses with progressive lenses, a modern version of the bifocals without the telltale line on the lens. It allows one to see both near and far without changing glasses. I have an excellent optometrist who endeavors to stay abreast of the latest trends in contact lenses. Recently he was excited to share a breakthrough in contact lens technology. It was a bifocal contact lens that would allow me to avail of both near and far vision. I was eager to try it! Two years earlier, I had tried another version and was quite disappointed. This pair was different. I had no problem with my near vision and my far vision was only slightly off.

My initial impression was that it may be an excellent alternative to my glasses. However, within a few days, particularly at night, I found the decrease in acuity for my far vision bothersome at best and dangerous at worst. But my prescription was correct. I asked my optometrist if he could make the distance vision correction stronger but he shook his head, “People like you are always trying to get better and better vision. You already have the correct prescription and it may be these contacts are not right for you. It’s your eye personality, it will never be satisfied!”

I chuckled. “My eye personality? You are making a distinction from my ‘body’ personality, right?”

His eyes twinkled as he knowingly smiled.

Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, and never satisfied are the eyes of man.
Proverbs 27:20 (ESV)

All too often, my greedy eye personality is a manifestation of my greedy nature.  I strive after the wind and other vanities when I should be content with what God has given and provided for me.

My eye personality? Jesus said my eye is the lamp of my body. And when my priorities are awry, my eye leads the way. Thanks be to God through His Son, Jesus Christ, that He has taken me out of the rat race of life, seeking after material possessions, and placed me on an eternal race that only leads to victory in Him.

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.