This subject-matter came to mind as I considered several scriptures related to lack, or lacking. I found myself stopping long enough to ask: What might I lack? (Notice the self-preserving use of the word might.)
That's all it took to set me upon a course that lead here; to a better understanding of just how deadly is Miopicitis.
From the Mayo Clinic we learn a little bit about it's symptoms - never mind the causes (too many and too varied, congenital, or altogether too mysterious). The first thing we glean is that it's near-sightedness - also known as myopia.
■Distant objects appear blurry
■You need to squint to see clearly
■You have headaches caused by excessive eyestrain
■Need to sit very close to the television, movie screen or blackboard
■Hold books very close while reading
■Seem to be unaware of distant objects
■Rub your eyes frequently
Then, if we head over to Merriam's, we consider what it looks like ...
1. pertaining to or having myopia; nearsighted.
2. unable or unwilling to act prudently; shortsighted.
3. lacking tolerance or understanding; narrow-minded.
The remedy? Simple, but oh-so tough ...
His divine power has given us everything we need
for a godly life through our knowledge of Him
who called us by His own glory and goodness.
For this very reason, make every effort to ...
... add to your faith goodness
... and to goodness, knowledge;
... and to knowledge, self-control
... and to self-control, perseverance
... and to perseverance, godliness
... and to godliness, mutual affection
... and to mutual affection, love.
For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure,
they will keep you from being (myopic) ineffective
and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind,
(suffering from Miopicitis)
forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
2 Peter 1:5-9
In closing the loop, let me just say that my question about lack did not lack a response. It is certain that I lack much, but He more than fills those voids!
Let perseverance finish its work so that you
may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.James 1:4
For in Him you have been enriched in every way—
with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge ...
Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you
eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.
He will also keep you firm to the end,
so that you will be blameless
on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 1:5-8