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A blind side can be defined as “a direction in which a person has a poor view, typically of approaching danger.” It’s the side we don’t see and what you don’t see you can’t protect. Blind spots in real life have a number of inescapable situations. An example of this is vehicular blind spots where the space between the driver’s peripheral vision and the area reflected by the rear-view mirrors. This can swallow up entire vehicles and then leads to vehicular accidents which is why it is so dangerous to change lanes without looking to the left or the right.

As Christians, our blind sides could also be considered as our weaknesses. The parts of our lives where we are most vulnerable to the devil, where we are most probable to stray away from God.  All of us have one or more of them no matter how much we follow His word.

What causes these blind sides you may ask? Some of these include:

1.       Pride

Perhaps the hardest part about having pride is you don’t even know you have it. You go around being so full of yourself being clueless that this blind side is already eating up your entire life.

2.       Lust

This is commonly the blind side that starts small and goes unnoticed. But before you know it, it’s become the monster too strong for you to overtake.

3.       Envy / Discontent

We always want what we can’t have. This is proven by us never being contented with what we are given and wanting what others have for themselves.

4.       Anger

It’s always easier to remain angry than to let forgiveness consume us. But the sooner we realize that letting go of any anger left in us by bad life experiences, the sooner we can heal as individuals.

5.       Laziness / Entitlement

This blindside is undoubtedly one of the most common, if not the most common, in us humans. No matter how hard we try to resist it, there are still moments where we feel entitled and refuse to work hard for something, a universal law that we undoubtedly need to work on.

How can we protect our blind side?

1.       Trust your team mates

Everybody needs a pastor. When your locomotive is steaming full speed ahead on the track of life, you need a person who is standing on the track around the curve waving their arms and saying, “Bridge out ahead.”

Shepherds guard you. Don’t disregard them when they advise you not to marry that person.  Don’t reason away their counsel about that person you are about to invest with.  Jesus “guarded” his team and if your pastor is worth his salt he will tell you when the bridge is out ahead.      

2.       Get guidance from God’s Word

Anyone in this world can give you his or her opinion on what you should do but you need to learn to tune down the noise and listen only to His Word.

According to Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”

3.       Stay out of dark corners

Know your limitations and live around them. If you are married, don’t be alone with a person of the opposite sex except your spouse. If you are single, stay in groups and never go to a house or apartment together.  Stay out of the woods and parked cars on lonely roads.  Stay in the light. It’s always better to be safe now rather than be regretful later.

As 2 Timothy 2:22-24 states, “”Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.”