Sunday, June 14, 2015

Your Eye: More than a Window to Your Soul

Your eyes are a window to your soul.

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Perhaps you've heard that expression.  There is much debate as to the origins of this quote, many think it is from Shakespeare.  

And when you think about it, it makes sense.  When you look at someone, you look at them in the eyes.  You can see so much, you can read so much, from someone's eyes.  Often you can see their love, their anger, you can see if they are truthful, or deceiving.

When you look deeply into one's eyes, you may feel like you are seeing something deeply personal---their inner most selves, perhaps even their soul.

Jesus alluded to this.  In Luke 11:34 He said:

Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness. 

But Jesus isn't really talking about physical health.  He is talking about spiritual health, and our relationship with Him.

In Luke 11:35-36 He warns us:

Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness.  If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright, as when a lamp with its rays gives you light.

God is warning us to be careful what we expose ourselves to, what we focus on, what we watch and listen to.   God knows that when we continuously expose ourselves to darkness, we will become dark.   Darkness separate us from Him, because  He is the Light.  

Think about it.  

If you continually play violent video games, watch R rated movies, listen to explicit music, it becomes no big deal.  That is because you have become de-sensitized to these things and they seem "normal".  And the more you immerse yourself into these things, the darker you will become.  

You will be more likely to be irritated with others rather than forgiving.  How does that make you feel about yourself?

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You may find it easier to curse someone rather than bless someone.  How does that make you feel about yourself?

You may be more likely to laugh at someone rather than help them.  How does that make you feel about yourself?

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You might think it better to video something violent you witness to post to vine or you tube rather than get help.    We see that on the news / vine / facebook everyday,  A video of a gang beating up on someone----why are they making videos and not calling 911?

What if you put away video games and instead collected items from the neighbor hood for Hospice?  How would that make you feel about yourself?

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What if you lifted someone up with your words rather than mock them.  How would that make you feel about yourself?

Immersing yourself in uplifting movies, books and music will instill Joy into your heart.  A Joy you will want to share with others.   

This is how you keep your eye healthy.  This is how you let light through your eyes, the lamp, and into your body and soul.  This is how you become closer to God.  And  you will feel brighter and you will radiate with this light. 

You'll make others wonder---why is he /she so happy all the time?  

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And they will say to you, that they wish they could be like you and not let life get them down.  

That is your opportunity to share with them the Good News about Christ.

Remember, Jesus also said in Luke 11:33  

“No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light

You let the light of God in your soul shine outward.  Let others see your Joy and Light in your eyes, your windows of your soul,

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Go, and let your light shine.