When you were young, did you attend a Sunday school class or a vacation Bible school? If you answered yes, I am sure that you have fond memories of felt board Bible characters, cookies that were chocolate on one side and vanilla on the other and songs….a lot of songs!
One song that always stayed with me is “Be Careful Little Eyes What You See.” The words are simply this: Be careful little eyes what you see. Oh be careful little eyes what you see. For the Father up above is looking down in love so be careful little eyes what you see.
Pretty basic, would you not say? Guard what you put before your eyes because God is watching what you are doing. While that is definitely true, I would like to share a much deeper concept with you. We must guard our eyes in order to guard our heart.
In June of 2016, the New York Times released a report on the amount of time that adults spends watching television. After interviewing companies that provide TV show and movie services and DVR services, it was revealed that the average American adult watches a little over five hours of TV per day. The majority of that time is spent watching live TV and the rest goes to saved programs.
This statistic blew my mind! Five hours of TV is more than I watch in a week! Wow!
I found it interesting that the vast majority of viewing time went to live TV. This means that for probably three hours every day, these viewers are exposed to commercials. Yes, I know that they can be skipped, but not everyone has that feature on their TV. Therefore, is it it fair to say that probably half of our country is watching commercials? Obviously there has still got to be a benefit for television advertising or companies would stop doing it. People are watching, so these companies are selling.
Last week, I saw a commercial for a dating website for people over fifty. The woman said that she got a divorce after twenty years of marriage, started the business of her dreams and now was looking for someone share her time with.
This commercial just rubbed me the wrong way. While dating websites are not bad things, their advertisements can be used to make you discontent in your own marriage and life. The commercial said that after her divorce, she opened the business of her dreams. Is this suggesting that people are not free to follow their dreams while still married? That one has to be single to have an adventure? This commercial made divorce seem like it was the key to happiness. New job, new boyfriend, new life. You can be sure that it planted a seed of discontentment and restlessness in someone watching it.
Are you seeing where I am going with this? So many people, so many Christians are opening themselves up to trouble because they are allowing it in through their eyes. Once a seed enters through the eye, it takes root in the heart.
Psalm 119:37- Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in Your ways.
Proverbs 4:23- Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.
If we want to thrive in our relationship with Christ and view ourselves as He views us, then we have got to stop clouding our eyes with worthless things.
Do you know someone who is a hoarder? Yeah, me too…..and it is terrifying! They accumulate mounds of worthless things and store them in a certain area. Once that area begins to fill up, you have to start moving in and out of the room in a certain way. Simply walking in and walking out is no longer possible. The stuff has altered your path.
This is what Pslam and Proverbs are talking about. If we do not take extreme caution to guard our eyes from worldly things, we will start to build up ideas, temptations and disgruntlement in our hearts. Once our hearts have a large enough accumulation of these things, we will start to change the path of our life. A heart filled with ungodly things can not possibly follow a Godly path.
Guard your eyes, so that you can also guard your heart and keep your life on the Godly path.
So often Christianity is considered by nonbelievers to be the “No” religion because we abstain from so much. Our God is not trying to make our lives miserable or boring. He has given us guidelines to protect our hearts. If you or I are a Christian, our heart already belongs to God. Is it not up to Him to say what is and is not allowed to enter into it? God allows us to have a free will even once we are His child. He gives us commandments and instructions about what we should and should not do in order to protect our heart from the seeds of discontentment and temptation being planted and taking root. God is not saying “No way”. He is saying “No and here is why….”
So what do we do? I believe that we start with protecting our eyes.
Matthew 6:22- The eye is the lamp of your body. So if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light.
Fill your vision with things are Godly and promote a healthy lifestyle and thought pattern. There is no room in your field of vision for trash, temptation, or poor self image.
Second, we focus on our heart.
Psalm 51:10- Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
If you have unclean or worthless things in your heart, allow God to pull out the broom. If your heart belongs to Him, He will gladly make it clean of clutter. Just make sure that you keep it clean by guarding your eyes from now on.
Once we have taken these two steps and allowed God to reset our course, we can truly enjoy a life of peace and freedom in Him.
Proverbs 3:6- In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your paths.
Are you being distracted or tempted today? Are your books, tv shows, magazines or internet searches causing clutter in your heart and leading you down a wrong path? Then start getting aggressive, sister! Do not let Satan come through your eyes to get to your heart. Fight Back!
Do not fill your heart with the things of this world that pull you away from God. Instead, follow the example of Caleb in the fabulous Christian movie “Fireproof”. Get serious and take a bat to the source of the problem! Destroy and cast out whatever is changing the path of your life in an ungodly way.
Guard your eyes. Guard your heart.
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