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While football culture is the backdrop of the show, themes of faith, family, and friendship tangle their way into narratives about small town life and young love. I realized that this phrase illustrates what God wants for us, and what the Christian life offers to us. The saying embodies an exciting reality—that by embracing an existence based on wakefulness and gratitude, we open ourselves up to be loved and changed by God in unimaginable ways.
The themes of vision and wakefulness are prominent in the Bible, especially in the life of Jesus.
Throughout his public ministry, Jesus gives sight to many who are blind. Yet, it is easy to go though our days with blurred vision, failing to be attentive to own behaviors, the people around us, and what really matters.
Sometimes we even avoid seeing altogether by separating ourselves from uncomfortable realities and the suffering of others. I often think about this when I am walking in the city and pass by homeless people, lying on the sidewalk or holding up signs asking for food.
But by avoiding the gaze of the homeless, I was neglecting the fact that there are people in my city, and billions more in the world, who do not have access to the resources that I do. That is a reality, and if I avert my gaze as I walk down the street, I will not be able to see that my surroundings solicit a response from me. How are you?
Can this be uncomfortable? Yet, Jesus calls us to see the world for what it is—to be awakened to both its beauty and its pain.
It is through our witness in the world that we will be able to understand how God is calling us to be better disciples. So, having open eyes involves experiencing both the joy and the hurt of the human experience. Yet, when I am attentive to my surroundings, it is not sadness, but gratitude that overwhelms me.
Gratitude opens the doors to our hearts so that God may enter. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. Do I let myself feel that same sense of relationship when I recognize the good that God is working in my life? While the fears that hold us back from lives of wakefulness and gratitude are real for us as humans, we need not worry.
This lifestyle is meant to be joyful and energizing rather than something that we must accomplish perfectly or alone. God is constantly creating us anew, and no matter what we do, God will remain persistent in his pursuit of our hearts and our happiness.
Just look at the life of Mary. These words still hold true today.
In our culture, it may seem as though growing up means becoming more realistic and less idealistic.