One day my friend Kenny, and I decided to grab something to eat at Captain D’s. The place was packed with old people. I suppose Captain D’s is not a young person’s usual choice for dining. Anyway, we walk in the door, and out of the blue, Kenny decides to pretend he’s blind. Naturally, I played along as if we’d rehearsed this for months.
He has it down pat! Never shifting his eyes. Looking straight ahead, and only walking as I would lead him. I helped him order, then directed him to our table. To let you know what a good actor Kenny is, he was acting so very sweet and humble, thanking me for every deed and politely asking for things. I realized these old people had taken notice of us. Realizing we had an audience, I cranked things up a notch or twenty five.
Kenny asked me to tell him which food was where on his plate. I figured this would be as good a time as any to play a prank on him, by not telling him correctly. He put vinegar on his fries and ketchup on his slaw. I laughed so hard! Kenny pretended to be very upset. Not mad, of course, but on the verge of crying. Those old people were really giving me the evil eye! I apologized, promising not to do anything like that again.
Amazingly, Kenny never broke character! I let him eat a few bites, and when he reached for his drink I slid it to a different place. When he couldn’t find his drink, I all but fell out in the floor laughing. The extremely, downcast look on his face made those old people hate me even more! I was kind of getting scared that one of them might whack me with their cane or something! He nearly had tears in his eyes and his voice was cracking when he went into a rather loud, sad, soliloquy about living life as a blind person. I wasn’t quite prepared for his emotional outburst.
“You have no idea what it’s like!” He said. “You wake up everyday and get to see God’s beautiful sunrise!” He exclaimed. “You don’t have to rely on people to take you everywhere and depend on people to tell you where the food is on your plate!” He cried. “Could you even walk a mile in my shoes?!” He all but yelled.
For a split second even I believed Kenny was really blind. The old people sitting around us, eyes glazed over with tears, looked as if they could lynch me at any moment. Kenny sat there, head down in defeat, waiting on my response. I told him how sorry I was, and that I truly didn’t understand his plight. I declared that I’d never do anything like that again, and I followed that up with a very heartfelt, “cross my heart, hope to die.” It seemed as if I’d started to get in the good graces of the old folks, but I couldn’t leave well enough alone. I finished off my apology, fighting back laughter with “Stick a needle in my eye!”
At that point I seriously wondered if I should fear for my life. Noticing the glares of the old people, and the sad, sad look on Kenny’s face, I quickly apologized again. We finished eating and left.
We laughed all the way home. We were so proud of our performances! We, easily could’ve won an Academy! All the way home we recapped the whole event. We were bragging about that one for days! That is, until Kenny went to visit some relatives. When he walked in, the first thing they said, very sarcastically I might add, was, “I see you got your sight back.” It was so crowded we had no idea there was anyone in there who knew us. How embarrassing (yet still funny)! I guess anytime we do anything, there’s always someone looking.
There’s been plenty of times in my life that I, myself , have pretended to be spiritually blind. Doing something knowing it was wrong, and pretending as if I thought no one could see. The thing is, God always sees! And even when we think we’re hiding, there’s always a chance that someone can see us, and then what you’ve done has not only affected your life, but another person’s life as well.
Our lives are supposed to be living examples. It’s important that our lives reflect that of Christ. It’s also important that we don’t turn a blind eye to sin; in our own lives or the lives of those closest to us. If we see a brother or sister in Christ stumbling, we should gently help them up *Galatians 6:1. The best way we can influence those around us (whether we know they’re looking or not) is to just keep doing the next right thing! That should always be our goal! And the only way NOT to lose sight of our goal is to stay focused on Jesus!
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may SEE your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16