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What Blinds You?


By Deacon Tammy Devine

ELCA Wellness Manager
April 2017

"And their eyes were opened..." Matthew 9:30a

The two blind men following Jesus were physically unable to see, yet they were able to identify him as the Son of David as he drew near to them. Did their disability make them weak, downtrodden, or timid? No. With confidence, they asked Jesus for mercy. Their faith matched their boldness and they were healed.

As a young member of 4-H, I learned a lesson while showing my Hereford steer. Inexperienced and worried I wasn’t properly showing my animal’s qualities, I focused on my steer instead of the judge. Three times the judge motioned me into the first place circle. Three times I missed the signal. I was blinded by my lack of confidence. While I got a blue ribbon, I was most saddened by the disappointment on my dad’s face. He knew that by my inattentiveness, I had missed being named Champion.

Often throughout life we miss opportunities. We are blinded by busyness and fear. Life’s many distractions keep us from connecting with or listening to others. We focus our eyes on other things and fail to observe God’s presence. Being open to God’s work among us and in us requires attention and intention.

When we nurture our relationship with God, our faith is alive. We are awake and aware. As you acknowledge your own blindness, I invite you to reflect on two questions: What distracts you from living a centered life grounded in Christ Jesus? To what is God inviting you to open your eyes? The blind men believed Jesus could heal them. May you have the same confidence and boldness.

Tammy Devine's monthly reflection invites you to consider how your faith and health are intertwined. She shares her personal journey to help support you in new ways as you strive to live well in Christ — for the sake of ministry in God's world. ELCA organizations, feel free to print or link to Tammy’s reflections in your publications.

Since joining Portico in 2004, Tammy has provided whole-person health promotion, education, and inspiration to ELCA rostered leaders and lay employees. Contact Tammy Devine at

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