This From the Vault dates back to 2008. The gentleman in the photo has since gone on to be with the Lord, and I had the privilege to preach his funeral service. 

Hold your hand in front of your face. No really, hold your hand in front of your face. What did you see? More than likely, you didn’t see very much at all. You may have possibly been able to see partial images in your peripheral vision at the most. Why couldn’t you see clearly? The answer is simple… you had your hand in front of your face!

So Brandon what’s your point? Well I’m glad you asked!

Life is a lot like this simple illustration. Life in clarity really is good. Everything that God made through His awesomeness is, well… awesome! The problem is that we live our lives with our hands in front of our faces, and we can’t see it. In this illustration our hand represents each and every trouble, trial, and headache that we face on a daily basis. It is so easy to wake up each and every day seeing nothing but the problems in our way, and possibly catching a glimpse of the better things in our peripheral vision.
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This morning Brandon Doss and I had the privilege to take an older gentleman fishing. This man spends three to four days a week taking dialysis. On these days his blood is drained from his body, and refilled through a permanent tube that is in his arm. However, today, he was so excited about fishing with us that he woke up at 3:00 am this morning waiting to be picked up at 7:00 am. As I was fishing I was watching a man that could be bitter about his life, yet instead found joy in fishing with two guys more than half his age.

As this thought began to fill my mind I began to notice the sun sparkling off the water… it was beautiful. Then I noticed the swans, ducks, and geese swimming and flying around… they were beautiful. I then noticed trees and flowers beginning to bloom… and again, they were beautiful. Then I heard the laughter of the older gentleman with me, and suddenly I felt honored to have been able to help provide this man with a good day. You know what? I didn’t see any of this until I removed my hand from in front of my face!
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In the moment that I removed my hand from my face and I put all my trivial (and non trivial) problems aside, and realized that life really is good! I know it may be tough right now, and all you can see is your hand in front of your face and possibly a glimpse of something better in your peripheral vision, but I want to encourage you to consider the goodness even in the little things. I know you will see, as I did, that life really is good. I want to leave you with this scripture…

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 

Life Really Is Good!

Brandon Matthews

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