Changing the way we see changes the way we act, think, feel, and speak. As we spiritually see God, ourselves, and our circumstances more clearly (as they truly are), we change for the better, “from one degree of glory to another” (2 Corinthians 3:18).

Have you ever seen one of those videos where a toddler gets glasses for the first time? She starts off grumpy in a high chair, and squirms and fusses when the glasses are put over her eyes. But then there’s that moment when she hears her father’s familiar voice and sees him clearly as he truly is for the first time. It is almost magical to watch how that toddler’s whole person changes right before your eyes: all of a sudden her face shines with mega-watt delight and she extends her clutching hands, squealing lungs, and kicking feet in eager love towards dad, mom, everyone in the room, and the world itself. There is a truth in these videos that doesn’t just apply to infants.