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The other day I watched cataract surgery on a 69-year-old lady. The disease had taken away her ability to see. The cataracts had started out quite small, but these had been going on for quite some time. They were the largest I'd ever seen and left unattended would lead to permanent blindness.

Skillfully the surgeon performed the removal. Then the ophthalmologist cut out, broke up, and suctioned out the cataract. As he placed the artificial lens back in the eye, it no longer looked ugly and grotesque, but beautiful and ready for service. In a few days the darkness this lady had been trapped in would be gone and a glorious world would once again be ready for her viewing.

I started thinking about how God can perform “cataract” surgery on me; removing my ugly selfishness, and self righteousness. At times my prayers have sounded something like the prayer of the Pharisee in Luke 18:11. “God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.” Spiritual “cataracts” were blinding me to my real need.

Less About Me

God yearns to perform ‘I’ surgery on each of us. He wants us to be less about me and more about others. With His kind of 'I' surgery we will see others through the clear lens of God’s love.

We can all pray, “God, have mercy on me, a sinner” (Luke 18:13). God hears and He will forgive our selfish blindness and open our eyes to the needs of the world around us.

We need to ask God to remove self-centeredness from our lives; for when we concentrate only on ourselves, opportunities to help others slip silently away. Let’s give SELF to God?

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