Living Under The Influence Of--a Clear Perspective (7 Of 17) by Jim Henry

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Rev. Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church Orlando
3000 South John Young Parkway
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691

"Living Under The Influence Of--A Clear Perspective"

Sunday, 3/5/95, 9:30 a.m. Service

There are many special weeks in Central Florida but one of the most famous is Bike
Week. I don't know about you, but this week I had an exhilarating experience. I was
cruising along on my Honda Accord and this couple came by on a "hawg." That's one of
those big Harley Davidsons that go "Vrooooom!" There was this guy on that big ol'
motorcycle and he had this pretty little girl and she's holding on to him and all of a
sudden I was thirty years younger. I could see me on that "hawg" and I could see
Jeanette back there and that radio going full blast and us smiling in this beautiful Florida
sun. It was nearly a transforming experience. I can't tell you how I felt until Jeannette
said, "Watch out for that car about a mile down the road. Look out! There's a car over
there," and all of a sudden I was back to reality.

That was a perception I had that was clearly out of sync for my life at this particular
time. But you know, we kind of get those kinds of perceptions sometimes about life and
things. Sometimes they're right; sometimes they're wrong, but a clear perception is
very important. Now, you know they tell me - and I'm not an ophthalmologist - but if you
are nearsighted it's called myopia. It means that the eye is longer from the front to the
back than it needs to be. Consequently things at a distance are blurred and you may be
able to see things up close. Sometimes it can start at an early age, sometimes later on
in life and it affects us looking at the long view. Farsightedness is called
presbyopia...and it has nothing to do with Presbyterians whatsover!

There are some people in the Bible who did not look at the long view--they had spiritual
myopia. They lacked a clear perception of reality and it vastl ...


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