Originally published Friday, 06 July 2018.
Within each of us are two dueling natures, and primarily what we feed thrives. As Christians, we are called to be light in the world.
Our eyes are the light of the body, so when our eyes are healthy our whole body is full of light, and when they're not we are full of darkness. Dueling natures.
So what are you feeding your eyes? Do you struggle with spending too much time surfing the net (like I sometimes do)? Or are you sharpening your vision by spending time in God's word, helping others and enjoying camaraderie with like-minded Christians? What do you spend your time watching and reading? Do you read the Bible (reading is fundamental)? Taking this a step further, are you consumed by angry thoughts that you continue to feed? Do you love a juicy story but all of a sudden find yourself talking more about people instead of praying for them? Is what you see affecting your thought life and your interactions with others?
Since I wear glasses and contact lenses, I practice proper eye care to maintain my vision. As I'm getting older, I recognize how much my eyesight has changed, so a more significant effort is required to ensure my vision is clear. The same is true of our spiritual eyes which is the lamp for the whole body.
“No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you (Luke 11:33-36 [NLT]).”
Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. Psalms 119:18
How is your eye health? How do you deal with changes in your vision?