When I look at a baby I smile.
When I look at the ocean it brings me peace.
When I look at my husband I am filled with love.
When I look at the cross I am filled with awe.
When I look at refugee camps I am filled with sadness.
When I look at torture camps I am frightened and cringe.
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. Luke 11:34
What we look out influences how we feel and what we think. The movies we watch, the books we read, the company we keep. Jesus warned us that our eyes are the lamp of our body. How much sadness, depression could be avoided if we choose to look at something positive. How many sins could be prevented if we choose not to read that book or watch that TV show.
This week we are challenging you every day to make a list of the following things:
- something true
- something noble
- something right
- something pure
- something lovely
- something admirable
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9You might be wondering how you can avoid looking at things that do not fall in those categories and I do agree that it is not always possible. However more often than not we can choose to look at things that are good. It will not come easy at first but with time it will become second nature.
Part of the sanctification process is to turn away from sin and choose better things to focus on.
Take the challenge and change your life!
Below is a document that you can print out and use to write down what you choose to see.