How do you deal with a blind spot, especially when you can’t see it? How do you remove a blind spot when you don’t even know you have one, let alone know where it is?
If we’re honest, we will start by admitting we have a blind spot. The problem is, most of us are not honest.
Oh, we will admit to a physiological blind spot where our optic nerve connects to our eyeball. But since we cannot see it ourselves, we have to take someone else’s word for it. We will admit to having a blind spot when we drive a car. We will look forward, check all the mirrors, and even turn our head and body to make sure we see everything around us.
But when it comes to issues of character and growth, we don’t have a blind spot, or so we delude ourselves into believing. When someone points out a character flaw to us, we dismiss them as a critical person. When they bring up an area where we need to grow, we tell them they are mistaken and are blowing things out of proportion.
When we refuse to listen to correction, not only are we blind, but we are foolish as well. Rather than being my opinion alone, this view comes from Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived.
“Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.” (Proverbs 12:1)
“A fool spurns his father’s discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.” (Proverbs 15:5)
“A mocker resents correction; he will not consult the wise.” (Proverbs 15:12)
If I want to avoid being a fool, I need to listen to those who point out areas where I need to grow. I need to consider what others say when they speak to me about my character. Rather than reacting defensively, I need to ask God, “What do you want me to learn from what this person is saying? Is there any truth to what they are pointing out?”
“Lord, open my eyes to see the areas where you want me to grow. Help me not to be a blind man about my own character.”