Raising the Eye Level

July 18th, 2014

            Hazel Hurst is blind and a trainer of seeing-eye dogs for the blind. She points out that the most difficult thing in training dogs for the blind is to lift the eye level of the dog. The eye level of a dog – 18 inches: the eye level of a person is five feet or more. So an obstruction crossing the path of a blind person at the height of four to six feet is not an obstruction to a dog. The dog naturally and habitually pays no attention to it. So the dog’s eye level must be lifted to see what a person would see.

            This is very difficult. But when it is finally accomplished it is a great day. And until it happens the dog is useless.

Every Christian needs to have their eye-level raised. Colossians 3:2:  “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”


-James Johnston

Less of Self

July 11th, 2014

A father and his son were strolling down the street past the place where a skyscraper was being constructed.  Glancing upward, they saw some men at work on one of the upper stories of the building.  “Dad-what are those little boys doing up there?”

“Those are grown men.”

“But why do they look so small?”

“Because they are so high up!”

The boy asked, “Then dad, when they get to heaven there won’t be anything left of them, will there?”

Hopefully we understand the truth contained in that little statement.  The nearer that we can come to Christ and imitate Him in all we do, the less others are going to see of us and the more they are going to see of Christ.

Matthew 5:16:  “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”


-James Johnston

Needless Fear

July 4th, 2014

The early American Indians had a practice of training young braves. On the night of a boy’s thirteenth birthday, after learning hunting, scouting, and fishing skills, he was put to one final test.

He was placed in a dense forest to spend the entire night alone. Until then, he had never been away from the security of the family and tribe. He was blindfolded and taken several miles away. When he took off the blindfold, he was in the middle of a thick woods, and he was terrified.

After what seemed like an eternity, dawn broke and the first rays of sunlight entered the forest.  Then to his astonishment, he beheld the figure of a man standing just a few feet away, armed with bow and arrow. It was his father. He had been there all night long.

Psalm 1:6: “For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.”

-James Johnston


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