When our 4 month old baby girl is awake and you gaze into those beautiful eyes you can predict, for the most part, how she’s feeling. When she sees someone she recognizes, gets tickled or just ate, the light in those bright eyes illuminates the room… I don’t care who you are, everyone lights up when they see a happy baby! The opposite is true when she sees something scary or unfamiliar, the light in her eyes is no longer illuminating but turns dark followed by a glass shattering squeal. Suddenly people start to get frustrated and those lights are quickly burnt out, in that everyone despises a crying baby. Let’s read in our Bibles Matthew 6:22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore, your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.”

When light enters our eyes, a mirror image is created. So let’s reflect, no pun intended, on what enters our eyes. Inquire “What am I really seeing when scrolling through social media…” Our ideal body/life? Ridiculously expensive items we want but can’t afford? Or worse… The news… Have they found Brian Laundrie yet?! What are we reading? The negative comments towards something we believe in or the positive ones on something we don’t? Is it a self improvement book or a romance novel we wish was a reflection of our life? When taking a stroll, driving or at the gym, are we focused on the “bad word” who doesn’t know how to drive? The billboard that’s persuading us we need botox? Are we idolizing the girl with a perfect body or the guy who flashes that sweet smile? Oh wow, it’s been 5 minutes and already our eyes have deceived us. Read Romans 6:12 “…do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.” 

The world wants us to look at these images or situations as good. We would be a light if we looked younger, feel satisfied once we lost weight, be complete if we could marry that person instead of being miserable with our spouse. The Bible says in Colossians 3:16 “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly…” Let’s be mindful of what we are allowing to dwell in us. Do NOT let Satan have access to us because of our sin. Jesus says in  John 8:12 …“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Today, choose to walk with Jesus in the light, focus on gazing through the lens of Jesus who is the light of the world. Keep these verses, Matthew 6:22 and John 8:12, in your heart, focus on them throughout the week. Write down 5 ways you have been living in the darkness or how your eyes have been deceiving you. Then, write down how you can change your perception to have those bright eyes that illuminate an entire room!

Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory,
forever and ever.