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Harvard Grad Suggests We Walk By Faith And Not By Sight

Yes as in 2 Corinthians 5:7.

Let me begin by saying I love a good Ted talk. If it weren’t for this nonprofit organization that shares dynamic, instrumental and influential ideas I wouldn’t have access to people like Isaac Lidsky amongst many other great thinkers.

To be clear Mr. Lidsky did not quote any scriptures during his talk, however as I listened to him that very scripture kept going through my head. I encourage you to watch his “talk” for yourself, but if you can’t at the moment keep reading if you’d like to know what this brilliant man said.

Mr. Lidsky began his talk by telling a story of a little girl who was fascinated by her goldfish, whilst learning about their locomotion from her father. The pair briefly discussed how these fish move forward and backward through life. Isaac then pointed out how too many of us are swimming backwards. Fast-forward to the fun stuff, Isaac challenged his audience to figure out which of five facts about him were false:

  • He graduated from Harvard at age 19 with a degree in mathematics (the title is a dead give away).
  • He starred on a TV sitcom.
  • He served as a law clerk to two U.S. Supreme Court justices.
  • He runs a construction company in Florida.
  • He lost his eyesight due to a rear disease.

Which fact do you think is false? Stay tuned I’ll let you know if you were correct.

“Seeing is believing, sight is truth”…WRONG! *Trump voice

Fear is a great manipulator; it causes us to do destructible things like:

  • Make assumptions and jump to conclusions.
  • Strain for unachievable perfection.
  • Brainwash ourselves about what we can and cannot do.

If you haven’t caught on to the hint by now, Isaac is in fact blind. He lost his sight to Retinitis Pigmentosa and he feels blessed about it. Yes, blessed! Here’s another truth, Mr. Lidsky indeed accomplished everything on the fact list including the part about starring on this sitcom! That’s him with a head full of curly hair.

 Fear replaces the unknown with awful.

What I gathered from Isaac’s talk is that we shouldn’t allow what we see and feel to control our movements in life. In a matter of seconds what we saw only a few moments ago could change. Feelings change too. It’s all too flaky to rely on 100%.

Your reality can change if you want it to but you must tackle your fears. Fear is a distraction that paralyzes us. It hinders us from doing what we need to do and what we ought to do. It’s why so many us stay in the relationships, careers, colleges that we know aren’t the right fit.

Fear alters our vision. Think of racism and stereotyping. It continues to thrive despite time and open access to information. I agree that “racism is an emotional commitment to ignorance”, a statement popularized by Jane Elliot. To some racists anything outside of being white is awful. Today we know that racism stems not only from ignorance but also from fear.

What does fear have to do with your vision?

Mr. Lidsky proclaims what we observe is our own “unique, personal and virtual reality”. Many studies have already proven that our perception is affected by our feelings. On the other hand, what we see also affects how we feel. Did you know that a landmark appears farther away when you are wearing a heavy backpack?

Issac feared going blind would end his hopes of attaining success, finding love and remaining independent. And who could blame him, I can’t imagine being born with sight only to lose it one day at a time. Thankfully, he fought his way out of his blind tunnel of fears in order to live with his eyes wide open and so can you. His life could’ve turned out the way he feared, many people in his position very well end up dependent and alone. As for Mr. Lidsky it turned out losing his sight opened his vision.

Living Eyes Wide Open

He concludes that our fears are stories that our brains created, blocking our vision. We are encouraged to let them go. He proclaims that living eyes wide open or how I prefer to say it; walking by faith is a discipline that can be taught and practiced.

  1. Hold yourself accountable for every thought, every moment, and every detail.
  2. Silence your internal critic.
  3. Recognize your assumptions.
  4. See beyond your fear(s).
  5. Correct your misconceptions about luck and success.
  6. Accept your strengths and weaknesses then understand the difference.
  7. Harness your internal strengths.

Suggested words to meditate on:

  • 2 Corinthians 5:7 – For we live by faith, not by sight. Why? Because we cannot trust what we see.
  • James 1:6 – When we ask, we must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
  • II Timothy 1:7 – For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
  • “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” Helen Keller

Thanks for reading.


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