A couple years ago I gave up the fight and made an appointment to see an optometrist. As much as I hated to admit it, it was time for me to get some “real” glasses instead of those cheap reading glasses I had relied upon for the last few years.
Actually the whole experience I found interesting. The doctor checked my vision far and near. Checked out my peripheral vision and the general health of my eye. And then he checked me for blind spots, which, to my surprise, he found. One tiny blind spot in each eye. He assured me that this was normal and almost all people have these tiny blind spots. They are just so small that you never notice them, unless you’re an optometrist.
I never would have known that I had these blind spots unless my doctor had told me. But then again, that’s the nature of blind spots, you don’t see them.
We all have blind spots. Blind spots, left undetected, can be one explanation for relationship-breakdown and ineffectiveness in some areas of our ministries. It’s essential that we become aware of any blind spots we might have.
One of the most important, gutsy, and helpful questions a pastor can ask is, “What blind spots might I have?” Now you don’t want to ask this question of just anyone. But who do you know and trust, who do you know that loves you enough to be honest with you? I dare you to sit that person down and ask them, “In your opinion, what blind spots do you think I have?” Or, a similar question that works very well leadership team is, “What do you see that I don’t see?”
The answers you get may be a bit hard to hear but will be invaluable information for those you are in relationship with and minister to.
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