Technology stresses my brain. So, when I stumbled upon a website for exercising the brain,I was tempted to subscribe (for a mere $8 a month, billed annually and a 30 days guarantee) to see if I would actually spend the required minimum of 5 minutes per day exercising my brain.  Now, the area of brain exercise first catching my attention had to do with vision. (Keep reading. There will be a point to this or at least I hope so.)  I read about central vision which allows you to see what’s going on directly in front of you, and typically, in clear detail. I then read about peripheral vision. That is what we can see out of the corners of our eyes without having to turn our head or neck. Peripheral vision helps to enlarge your focus view. It enables you to see what’s going on out of your direct line of vision. You can say peripheral vision removes one’s blinders.  An easy exercise to help enlarge your vision (and to help self-regulate) is to focus on a spot straight ahead. Keeping your focus, widen your field of view, and notice what you see in your peripheral vision. Literally, peripheral vision refers to being able to see what’s going on out of one’s direct line of vision. However, our visual system is biased toward a central fixation which leads to the underuse of our periphery vision. This means we are less attentive to what is going on in the margins. Don’t get me wrong. Central vision is critical.  It keeps you focused and directed. But there’s a shadow side, too, because central vision limits you (either deliberately or unconsciously) from seeing more or from other perspectives around you. Whew – got to the point. We invite you to ponder what’s in the margins. What are you/we not seeing (dealing with) because of a limited vision?

Scripture Reading: Joel 2:28
“Then afterward I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.”

Reflection Questions:
Who do you need to see that is in your direct line of vision?
What issues/problems are in the periphery that need your attention?
What are your dreams for the future?

Prayer: Holy God, give me a bit of courage to peek into the margins of need and as I am able to see, fill me with your Spirit so I can be more faithful. Amen.