I grew up in a family of eye care professionals: from general managers to opticians to surgery technicians to lab managers. I’ve always been surrounded by eye care. I naturally fell into eye care and when I was looking for somewhere to serve last spring I stumbled upon HIS Vision. The Lord has a funny way of taking something you know and mixing it with passions He has put in your heart to do something great for His kingdom. For me, that was the knowledge of eye care and my passion for missions and serving those around me. This made HIS Vision the absolute best place for me to serve.
Throughout my internship I have connected with frame and lens manufacturers, optician and optometry schools, and with local K-12 schools. One of the things that has consumed my internship is school screenings. This is where volunteers go into schools and check the visual acuities, color blindness, depth perception, and eye muscles of students. While I was nervous at first I could not be more grateful for having the privilege of interacting with hundreds of kids this semester. The school screening process is quick and time with each child is limited, but soon I saw how impactful I could be in such a short amount of time.
Colossians 3:17 says, “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.” In every second spent in a school, where restrictions are placed on what you can and cannot say, you have to be intentional about what you are doing and how you are helping each child. If that is taking some extra time helping them learn shapes for the visual tests or tying their shoe because someone else couldn’t take a second to do so, the little things like this can mean so much to one child. The Lord has taught me throughout this internship to be intentional in making every second of work count for Him. I may be sending an email or driving to Bedford at seven in the morning, but those seconds count because he has entrusted me with them. When we choose to live our lives like Colossians 3:17 every second counts. When your motivation is doing everything in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, your perspective flips so quickly into a kingdom mindset. This internship has shown me how to have a kingdom mindset in every second of every day and every letter of every email.