As A Man Is, So He Sees

The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing which stands in the way… As a man is, so he sees,” William Blake.

Who am I? It’s a question I ask often, and I expect is a question we all ask from time to time. Lent is a time of self-examination, and what better question is there during a period of self-examination than” “Who Am I?”

The answer to Blake’s puzzle is simple for an arborist or a developer, but I suspect Blake is using a tree as only an example and goes much deeper. Jesus’s asks a similar question in his parable about the Good Samaritan when he asks “Who is my neighbor?” — Luke 10:29.

During Lent we are called to ask, “Who am I?”  But what if the answer is not consistent with “Who do I want to be?” That’s where the Lenten disciplines come into play. Sacrifice, Service, Study, and Prayer will make your answers to the two questions the same.


About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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