What Are You Seeing?

How much time do you spend thinking about what you see?

Jesus says, “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matthew 6:22-23)

My Mother used to say, “garbage in, garbage out.” Of course, I mostly rolled my eyes at that when I was young, but now I’m so thankful for her wisdom. It’s estimated that the average person sees 6,000-10,000 ads in a single day. Add to that reading texts, social media posts, books, magazines, and watching TV, YouTube, whatever pops up on our phone, and countless other options. We have a high potential of seeing tons of garbage with our eyes, the lamp of our body.

It seems overwhelming! What can we do? 

First of all, Jesus reminds us in the gospels of Matthew and Mark that “all things are possible with God.” We should cry out to God and ask Him to protect us from the onslaught of images we are flooded with and ask Him to help us see things that are pleasing to Him. 

Next, it’s important to be alert. Peter reminds us to “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) There have been times that I’ve started a TV show or a book only to get a strong feeling that I shouldn’t be watching it or reading it. We need to make sure to heed these promptings from the Holy Spirit.

Lastly, we need to fix our eyes on Jesus. I know some of what we see will be completely out of our control, so it’s critical for us to be very familiar with God’s Word. Then we will be able to run everything we see through that lens to determine if it is true. 

Father God, our eyes are bombarded with so many images. We know our eyes are the lamp of our soul. Please protect us from seeing things that are not pleasing to You; and if we do, please give us the determination to turn away from them. Father, please give us a great desire to read, study and memorize Your Word so that we will be able to separate what is true from what is not. We are so thankful for how much You love us and for Your mighty protection. Amen.

By Kim Livesay

Kim is married to her amazing husband, Bob. She works at the Lexington Rescue Mission where she daily gets to see Jesus bring hope to hurting people.

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