Wednesday, November 25, 2015

seeing

The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! (Matthew 6:22-23)


How we see things is so incredibly important.  It determines so much about our lives and our attitudes and our outlook.  If our eyes are clear, if we are looking through the lenses of Scripture, seeing ourselves and our world through the eyes of Jesus, our whole body will be full of light.  But if our eyes are bad, if our vision is clouded and distorted by fear, or insecurity, or depression, or apathy, or greed, or the thousand-and-one other things that can keep us from seeing accurately, then our whole body will be filled with darkness.  And O how great the darkness!  So the call each day is to look at everything--no matter what the circumstance--through the proper lenses, for only then will we have the perspective to see things and people and events as they truly are.  And only then will we be able to defeat the darkness that tries to overwhelm and overcome us, and live in the light and the love--and truth--of Christ.


O Lord, give me good eyes today, that my soul may be filled with light rather than darkness, love rather than need.  Do not let my vision get clouded and distorted by the darkness that is around me or within me, but help my eyes to stay pure and clear, seeing as you see, that I might love as you love.  Amen.


"Your eyes are windows into your body.  If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light.  If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar.  If you pull the blinds on your windows, what a dark life you will have!" (Matthew 6:22-23, The Message)

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