“Faith is daring the soul to go beyond what the eyes see.”

What kind of faith sight do you have?

Let me try to explain. Most of us know what kind of eyesight we have. Some of us are nearsighted; others are farsighted. A few of the lucky ones among us may have 20/20 vision or better. But that’s physical sight. I’m talking about spiritual vision. How far can you see with your soul? How far do you trust Christ beyond what you can physically see?

This is your faith sight. At times I’m near-sighted in my faith. I can only see what my circumstances put right in front of my nose. Other times, I’m farsighted. I can tackle the big picture, but I don’t focus enough on the details or discipline required to get there.

It is rare that my faith sight is 20/20!

What about you? Do YOU trust the Lord beyond what you can understand and see? Do you trust Him with today and with the rest of your life?

Those are significant questions, not only for your own spiritual life, but also for the lives of your teenagers. Parenting takes clear spiritual vision. You have to be able to see things and people (including your youth) through God’s eyes. What’s more, you have to cast a spiritual vision for your teenagers, so they will make a habit of searching carefully for God’s plan and trust Him with each step of their lives.

What does God’s Word say about faith?

Here are a few verses you and your teenager can work through when it comes to gaining sharper spiritual vision.

                    We walk by faith, not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7).

                    By faith we understand that the universe

                    was created by the word of God, so that

                    what is seen has been made from things

that are not visible (Heb. 11:3).

                    The genuineness of your faith—more

                    valuable than gold, which perishes

though refined by fire—may result in

                    praise, glory, and honor at the revelation

                    of Jesus Christ. You love Him, though

                    you have not seen Him. And though not

                    seeing Him now, you believe in Him

                    and rejoice with inexpressible and glori-

                    ous joy, because you are receiving the

                    goal of your faith, the salvation of your

                    souls (1 Pet. 1:7-9).

Have you ever been on a ship at sea? Everywhere you look there is water. No land can be found. If you trust your eyes, it can be a pretty hopeless feeling. It requires faith in the captain to trust he knows where you are going and how to get the ship there.

There are times in my life when I feel a little overwhelmed. Everywhere I look there is water, and I can’t seem to find any land. At times like this, my faith in the Captain. (Jesus) has to kick in. I can’t trust my physical sight. I must trust my faith sight!

You can trust God with your parenting. You can entrust Him with your children. You can dare to live by what you see with your spiritual eyes.

                                                   Lance Brown is the president of WhoUWith

                                                   Ministries and works closely with the athletes and

                                                   coaches at Vanderbilt University. Check out his

                                                   Web site at:

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