With Eyes But Cannot See

June 25, 2010

Here is a nice story I got from the Net. It’s credited to anonymity but nevertheless, very important for me to share so read the words closely.

There was a blind girl who hated herself because she was blind. She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He was always there for her. She told her boyfriend, “If I could only see the world, I will marry you.”

One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her. When the bandages came off, she was able to see everything, including her boyfriend.

He asked her, “Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?”

The girl looked at her boyfriend and saw that he was blind. The sight of his closed eyelids shocked her. She hadn’t expected that. The thought of looking at them the rest of her life led her to refuse to marry him.

Her boyfriend left in tears, and days later wrote a note to her saying: “Take good care of your eyes, my dear, for before they were yours, they were mine.”

The sacrifice has been made but the gratitude was never there.

This is how the human brain often works when our status changes. Only a very few remember what life was like before, and who was always by their side in the most painful situations.

I have gone through this and so have you. How easy it is for people to forget. The sacrifices, the friendship, the love, the moments of help you have extended yet today, not only were they forgotten, the very people you have helped and loved have turned against you, hate you and even do their best to destroy you. Such is the state of the sinful heart. This is why Scriptures warn us against our own hearts. That the heart is hopelessly wicked and is bent towards plotting evil.

Just think about this. God has always been good yet people refuse to accept Him and continue to live a life that defies His Will and His Ways. All of us are ungrateful people and only by the Grace and Mercies of God are we delivered from ourselves.The moment one turns to Christ, God replaces the stony heart with a tender one and puts the indwelling Spirit and sets up residence in the life of the person. And this is the only way why and how people can truly change into a brand new life.

Do not be ungrateful.

Today, before you say an unkind word,
Think of someone who can’t speak.
Before you complain about the taste of your food,
Think of someone who has nothing to eat.
Before you complain about your husband or wife,
Think of someone who’s crying out to GOD for a companion.
Today, before you complain about life,
Think of someone who died too early on this earth.
Before you complain about your children,
Think of someone who desires children but they’re barren.
Before you argue about your dirty house someone didn’t clean or sweep,
Think of the people who are living in the streets.
Before whining about the distance you drive,
Think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet.
And when you are tired and complain about your job,
Think of the unemployed, the disabled, and those who wish they had your job.
But before you think of pointing the finger or condemning another,
Remember that not one of us is without sin.
And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down,
Put a smile on your face and think: you’re alive and still around. And you can still put yourself in the loving mercies of the Savior.

Today may just be your day.

This Post Has 27 Comments

  1. Marion Manlutac

    Hello Mr. Kong,

    This is a very beautiful and touching story. And I truly agree that we sometimes forget those people who have helped us in the past.

    We should always be thankful in whatever situation we are.

  2. Arnel Cayabyab

    Very inspiring story! When we don’t feel blessed with what we have, we need to look at other people who are less fortunate. We also need to be patient to get what we want but it’s important that we work hard to get it. However, in times when we don’t get what we want, it only means that it isn’t meant for us at this time.

    Trust in Him that He will give us what we deserve at the right time.

    I heard this from a previous seminar that I attended. Success is getting what we want and happiness is wanting what we get. I hope everyone finds happiness. Remember, there is a very thin line between success and greed.

    Happiness is a choice. Be happy everyone!

  3. sugar mangune

    ..thanks for the inspiration..xo xo

  4. mich

    nice 🙂

  5. sammy ross

    dear Mr Francis

    Very beautiful story. your right!!! our sacrifices is made but no gratitude. we tend
    to help but other people somtimes dont appriciate it. We dont do it for them
    but for the Lord Jesus. He sees it.


  6. ginptol

    Thanks, this is very enlightening! We should count our blessings and be thankful for it.

  7. Mary Jayzel Jimenez

    HI sir..can i share this on my facebook.. that was very inspiring sir.. thanks for sending me those blog..^_^ GODLESS po

  8. len chew

    luv it!! may God bless you. =)

  9. sherry escoto-munoz

    i am so grateful to read this article. it inspired me to be strong enough to give gratitude to those who have sacrificed for my sake. i am so ashamed that i have requested too much.. i hope God will forgive me still..

  10. Arlene Yu

    Very inspiring Sir. Thank you for remining us to be grateful for our blessings in life. God bless po Sir Francis.

  11. Dio Sumande Jr.

    You have inspired us for evryting. . . eventhough i’ve only read 2 for your books (3 little words and when you think you can do it. . . do it) i was really moved day by day, no eventhough i’m experiencing so much trouble, heartache and saddness right now, you’re words will allways be in addition to my daily pill of vitamins, thank you francis. . .

  12. Joana Cua

    Thank you very much for a very timely and piercing message. Let my 13 year old son read to reiterate the importance of being grateful and appreciative of all blessing from God. Hopefully it shifted his sense of entitlement to a more positive outlook with what he already has.

  13. cynthia

    Thanks so much for the inspiring messages… We should always be grateful to all the blessing He gives us everyday and share these to others. Being contented and rest in His will is what matters. …

  14. Sasha

    Thanks so much for posting this. You are a blessing to me.

  15. d.M

    🙂 thank you sir!

  16. vicky h.sebastian

    very touching story….

  17. vicky h.sebastian

    story is very touching…..and inspiring.take care po sir francis..

  18. thet sison

    awwww that was sooo touching…i hope there are still guys out there,,willing to sacrifice something for their loved ones..Just as like the FATHER GOD,,He loves us so much that he gave his only son for us to be saved..Whenever i feel defeated by trials or facing challenegs and tibulations..i also GO BACK on the cross….thats where it humbles me and appreciate how grateful i am to just suffer that small hardship and pain..Just imagine What HE HAS to suffer and experienced for us…Thats how HE loves us..HE’s always waiting for us to go back to him and surrender..Lets all go HOME….have rest and let him lead our way…I LOVE YOU FATHER GOD..

  19. Dionesio L. Liwagon, Jr.

    I was moved by the story. When I first saw this article in the Philippine Star, I really cut it and have it inserted in my class record. In such a way that I can read this everyday before I would start my class with my high school students. Lately, I found this article in the PhilStar webpage and have it printed. A printed copy is now posted just outside my classroom. Now, I can also encourage others to be thankful each day… as I am inspired by Francis J. Kong now I want to inspire others….

    Dionesio L. Liwagon, Jr.
    Misamis Occidental National High School
    Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental

    1. Francis Kong

      Thank you so much Dionesio. I am happy to know that you like the article.

  20. mario

    but not on the part of pinoy even those who were not qualified as cabinet member they could be one of them because of KKK…….

  21. R. Mitchell

    Hi Mr. Kong,

    Thank you so much for your very touching and inspiring message. As a worker abroad can’t avoid to hear people whinging about our work everyday. I love your article.

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