Be careful little eyes

Growing up in the church, I learned many things as a child that I have come back to after many years of studying theology and doctrine to realize their utter importance in who I am, what I believe and, consequently, what I do.

For instance, if you don’t really believe that Jesus loves you and that His “Love is magnanimous, kind, not envious, does not boast, does not bluster, 5Does not act in an unseemly fashion, does not seek for things of its own, is not irascible, does not take account of the evil deed, 6Does not rejoice in injustice, but rejoices with the truth; 7It tolerates all things, has faith in all things, hopes in all things, endures all things and His Love never fails;” …then you are going to be looking for love in all the wrong places. Not to mention, you’ll never find rest.

Yes, Jesus does love you this I know because the Bible tell you so, and everything in this gift of life testifies to this love.

The other thing that I learned growing up in the church that I have returned to and rediscovered its absolute importance is…what I expose myself to matters, which funny enough was taught to me by a child in this song

“O be careful little eyes what you see
O 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
O be careful little ears what you hear
O be careful little ears what you hear
For the Father up above
is looking down in love
So, be careful little ears what you hear
O be careful little tongue what you say
O be careful little tongue what you say
For the Father up above
is looking down in love
So, be careful little tongue what you say

O be careful little hands what you do
O be careful little hands what you do
For the Father up above
is looking down in love
So, be careful little hands what you do
O be careful little feet where you go
O be careful little feet where you go
For the Father up above
is looking down in love
So, be careful little feet where you go

O be careful little heart whom you trust
O be careful little heart whom you trust
For the Father up above
is looking down in love
So, be careful little heart whom you trust
O be careful little mind what you think
O be careful little mind what you think
For the Father up above
is looking down in love
So, be careful little mindvwhat you think
So, be careful little mindvwhat you think”

For me, truth is not just about imitating Christ but knowing who I am and how I am naturally designed to be a healthy, holy and a whole human being. I believe Truth is true for all human beings and we are all human beings, and what we allow into our spirits, hearts, minds and bodies matter because everything has an effect. It’s not just the foods we eat but it’s the air we breathe, the words we hear, the shows we watch, the words we speak and the language we use to communicate.

In the 1400’s Johann Hamann said “Not only the entire ability to think rests on language… but language is also the crux of the misunderstanding of reason with itself.”

This means, if the language we hear is corrupt and it is full of words, catchphrases and sentences that divide, shame, incite fear, condemn and judge, then it’s not long before our language and our lives are also full of hate, judgement, condemnation, fear mongering, “indignation, animosity, malice, blasphemy, and obscene speech.” -The Bible

When I was growing up, I had a lot of adults talk to me about the music I listened to, the shows I watched and the people who I should and should not hang out with because “bad company corrupts good morals.” Fast forward to being a parent and I have listened to and participated in countless conversations about who and what I should and should not expose my kids to.

Even today, in knowing myself intimately, I have to know that if those things were true as a kid, as a parent and in raising my kids, then they are still true for me now.

It’s interesting how Jesus talks about us “becoming and being” like little children. I think this means understanding how vulnerable, weak, needy, fragile, sensitive, transparent and desperate we are and must be to receive the love of God. But that also means, we have to be very aware of the things that could easily conform us to be, feel, think, talk and act like the people we are living with and listening to.

Again, I don’t believe this just applies to “Christians.” I believe this applies to all human beings. We are all vulnerable, weak, fragile, needy, transparent, sensitive, desperate and dependent on love and truth to be and become our best selves.

Remember what we said about Love? The same is true for Truth? Is truth not magnanimous, kind, not envious, does not boast, does not bluster, 5Does not act in an unseemly fashion, does not seek for things of its own, is not irascible, does not take account of the evil deed, 6Does not rejoice in injustice, but rejoices with the truth; 7It tolerates all things, has faith in all things, hopes in all things, endures all things and Truth never fails;”

As I understand The Bible, truths in The Bible can help all humans…”8As to the rest, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever grand, whatever right, whatever pure, whatever lovely, whatever of good repute—if there be any virtue and be any praise—9Ponder these things. Those things that you learned and received and heard and saw in me, put these into practice; and the God of peace will be with you.” The Bible

With that in mind, we can use truth to filter what our little eyes see and our minds think about.

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