All over the world there are preachers, Church and business leaders, sporting coaches and many others making the most of the fact we have finally made it to 2020. Not only is it a new decade and a great number, but people are using the double meaning to sprout forth their new vision for this year. We have all heard the term ‘20/20 vision’ in relation to our eyesight and so as this year has progressed I have heard and read many encouraging messages exhorting us to have 20/20 vision in 2020. So what is 20/20 vision?
According to the American Optometric Association, 20/20 vision is a term used to describe normal visual acuity (the clarity or sharpness of vision) measured at a distance of 20 feet. If you have 20/20 vision, you can see clearly at 20 feet what should normally be seen at that distance. If you have 20/100 vision, it means that you must be as close as 20 feet to see what a person with normal vision can see at 100 feet.
Having 20/20 vision does not necessarily mean you have perfect vision. 20/20 vision only indicates the sharpness or clarity of vision at a distance. Other important vision skills, including peripheral awareness or side vision, eye coordination, depth perception, focusing ability and colour vision, all contribute to your overall visual ability. Some people can see well at a distance but are unable to bring nearer objects into focus. This condition can be caused by hyperopia (far-sightedness) or presbyopia (loss of focusing ability). Others can see items that are close but cannot see those far away. This condition may be caused by myopia (near-sightedness).
So how is your spiritual vision in 2020? Are you near-sighted and can only see what is happening in your narrow circle of influence? Do you have any clarity of vision into the future? What is God doing on the horizon of your life and ministry? How about your peripheral awareness and side vision? Are you really aware of those around you in life and ministry? What is God saying to them and doing through them? What is God calling you to do for them and with them?
How is your depth perception? It is so easy for us to be consumed by all the surface stuff in life. There is so much happening around us in our busy world that just keeping up with the magnitude of activities and commitments of life make it very hard to stop and drill down and dig deeper and find the rich, fertile soil which lies below the surface.
As circumstances have dictated, 2020 has been a year of transition for me in most areas of my life and ministry. So whether I like it or not, my vision has been tested and challenged in a variety of ways and my focus is being drawn way beyond its current limits. That is challenging, exciting and just a little frightening.
However, I need to remember that all vision ultimately depends upon our light source. Where there is no light – there’s darkness. Where there’s darkness, we have no vision. So I must make a fresh commitment to walk in the Light – Jesus Christ – and trust God to give me 20/20 vision in 2020 and beyond. I pray you will join me.