Blind To The Obvious

Sometimes we are so close to something that we are blind!  It seems time and distance give us a better look at our actions. I think that all of us can look back at mistakes we have made and realize that at the time, we were blind to the obvious.  I have found that spiritual blindness is most prevalent when we are not under the influence of the Holy Ghost. That is, when we live contrary to the commandments of the Lord, the spirit of truth, which guides and directs our lives, withdraws, leaving us blind to our situation.

Throughout my life, I have spoken to many individuals who have hit “blind spots” in their lives. Once rational, spiritual, and competent, they make tragic decisions with unfortunate consequences. At the time, they seem to be blind to the situation, only to later regret decisions that affect their eternal salvation and that of their families. As time passes, they look back and wonder how they were so “blind to the obvious”. The wonderment of such irrational decisions is usually found in sin. When I examine my own life, the worst decisions I have made have come when I have felt distant from God and relied on my own learning.  Many years ago, Marion G. Romney said this regarding sin:

“…With the loss of the Spirit of the Lord…comes a decrease of the power to choose between right and wrong… If we are seriously interested in being successful in any endeavor, we shall avoid every type of immorality as we would avoid the plague.”

This decreased power to choose between right and wrong leaves us “blinded” and susceptible to ways of man. Again from Romney:

“…I repeat the challenge to strictly abide in the spirit and by the letter of the Lord’s commandments—his divinely prescribed code for successful living. Doing so will not only bring us temporal success but also that which is of infinitely greater worth: peace, self-fulfillment, joy, and eternal happiness. (“A Glorious Promise, 1981)

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