During my teen and young adult years, my mind sometimes ignored things my eyes saw. Back then, my little corner of the world was the most important thing to me, and there didn’t seem to be enough hours in the day for anything else. As the years continued to pass, I managed to grow in wisdom and now see similar things, but in a different way—through the eyes of my heart.


You see, there was a time in life when I thought my family was at the center of the universe. I was living in a “me-me-me” world of selfishness, like many folks tend to do at times. I thought I was a good person, but there were times when I complained about insignificant things in life like:

  • being uncomfortable while sleeping in my own bed on a cold-winter’s night… then I saw a homeless man sleeping on a park bench wearing tattered clothes and no shoes
  • wearing glasses to restore my vision to 20/20… then I saw a blind man who was wearing a smile upon his face while whistling a cheerful tune as he walked by
  • my old aching legs… then I saw a man who had no legs, yet he was laughing while playing catch in the yard with his son
  • forgetting little, insignificant things… then I spoke to a friend who no longer remembers my name or the good times we once shared

I could continue my list of shallow complaints, but I’m sure you get the point. There are folks around us who are less fortunate than many of us, yet they are not complaining.

As I reflect on my poor-pitiful-me complaints, I have deep regrets for missing the opportunities I had to help others. A simple smile, kind gesture, or just saying hello could have made a small difference in someone’s day. I now see the plight of others with my heart and my mind understands how fortunate I am. I have so many blessings to be thankful for—far too numerous to count. Though some may seem small, each is a gift from God, and definitely much more than I deserve. I am truly blessed!

Now, I pray—Lord, I am grateful for the many gifts You have bestowed upon me. I ask that You give me the strength, courage, and desire to extend a helping hand to others who are in need while asking nothing of them in return. Help me to be a better person, and allow me to shine Your light upon others. For no matter the hurdles I encounter along my path, cheerfully supporting others I see on my journey is one of the greatest blessings I could ever receive. Amen.


Acts 20:35 (NIV)

In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

John 3:17 (NIV)

If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?

Tom Tatum – Author – 2015

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  1. Dearest Tom,
    I just wanted to let you know how much I truly enjoy your books, posts, etc. As of 2015, I became an avid follower & occasionally browse through your past post that truly impact peoples lives. I can especially relate to your post in August, THROUGH THE EYES OF MY HEART, that truly hit home for me.
    Within 24 years of marriage between my husband & I we have managed to live on a 1 income household, t.t.G. It has always been difficult & often full of resentment stemmed from me choosing family over a career. I’ve held part time work to help ease the financial burden in the years past but it NEVER seemed enough in my husband’s eyes considering he’s an ” iron horse”, when it comes to his job. I’m currently working out of my home doing something I enjoy & people actual love. The lucrative part isn’t quite there yet but at the very least it fills our pantry, keeps my mind busy & my spouse out of my hair or so I thought.
    It was purely by coincidence that I made my deceased, eldest sister’s cemetery saddle & other people at the cemetery liked my work & inquired into it as word went viral & I began a small business! Yes!!! The Lord is God! Once my clients saw that I also do unique edible arrangements they went gaga over the work & I began to fill orders like crazy!!! 🙂 I felt sooo blessed indeed! You see, I learned these talents from my deceased sister whom I have been decorating her grave site every chance I got regardless how much grief my frugal husband always gave me over the expense! I believe the Lord saw my heart the whole time even as of now that I don’t do much of my business anymore due to my spouse’s greed. He began to meddle often in my business affairs, expecting me to quadruple my profits = ridiculously high for prospective clients to take an interest so I began to lose the influx of my good fortune/blessings. I still fill orders for some faithful clients whom enjoy my creations but the profits aren’t as steady & my spouse is constantly bickering @ me over, “the root of all evil”. : ( I’ve attempted to guide him to a bible based church but he’s married to his work.
    I occasionally have my only surviving sister (my best friend) visit along with her (2) grandchildren ages 8 +10 (loving & well mannered) whom sometimes spend the night. The fact that my family visit too often is an issue for spouse enough to assume the eat us out of house & home!!!! His comments hurt me to the core & he sees no evil in his demeanor! Of course, he only voices his opinions to me once our guest are gone! Then again, I guess I’m suppose to understand this coming from a man whom has known hunger & poverty in the streets of Mexico?!!! Idk, my parents had a similar life in their youth & they loved the Lord enough to share his blessings as Jesus did with 1 bread! Prayer request for my husband PLZ!!!

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    • Thank you for your kind comments and for following me, Vicki. I am pleased to know that you enjoy reading my books and posts. I am blessed to know they bring you some comfort in difficult moments.

      I pray that you continue using your gifts to serve others and that your business grows to even higher levels in the future. I pray there will come a time in life when your husband reads THROUGH THE EYES OF MY HEART and comes to know your joy and how to share graciously in all things you do.

      Merry Christmas and may God’s blessings be with you and your family!


  2. I agree with Angie.

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  3. I love following your blog. The are always so encouraging and thought-provoking.

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