Seeing Beyond the Physical
So they say my sons are handsome. Hmmm…don’t know about that.
When they were 3-, 5-, and 7-years old, a retinal disease robbed my eyesight completely. After anguish and fear eventually vanished, giving way to my new life centered on Jesus, my view changed.
I imagine my sons still with their chubby cheeks as little boys. And now, as grown men, I focus beyond their physical attributes, and thus, teach them values that go deeper than appearance. I hoped to instill in them that the interior of a man is what gives him character. Integrity gives him value. And what a Godly man treasures makes him a gem.
As I tried to mold them to be men of value, they, in turn, observed me moving forward to overcome barriers while I followed my career. To press through obstacles, plunging forth when life was tough. And through it all, they saw their Mom choose a sense of humor instead of tears.
And with dried tears and moments of joy, my secret prayer never changed. I asked the Lord for my sons to see the power of God at work in them. His power to make them strong. To be wise. To face adversity with Godly courage. To follow the vision to serve Him. And to observe how God turns tragedies to triumph.
Most would say losing my sight was one of those tragedies, but with eyes focused on Christ, the view became clearer—my role as their Mom shines with the vision I can show them, and the legacy I can leave them.
Janet Perez Eckles is an international bilingual speaker, author of #1 best-selling, Simply Salsa: Dancing Without Fear at God’s Fiesta, radio host and personal success coach. Her passion is to help you see the best of life. www.janetperezeckles.com