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What's Your Eye on Life?

The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness. Matthew 6:22-23 (ESV)

Having 20/20 vision as a young person was something I took for granted. When I hit my mid-forties, I found out quickly just how blessed I was. Gobsmacked, to discover I needed glasses when I couldn't make out a telephone number in "the yellow pages." The gift of sight is immeasurable. To see clearly in our physical surroundings is important, but discernment in the unseen realm of the spirit can be a matter of life or death.

Jesus emphasized the condition of our eyes. If our eye is healthy, we will be full of light, but we will stumble in the darkness if it is unhealthy. What a man thinks in his heart is the true man. How a man sees indicates what kind of person he is. People have a way of putting on a front. Many are masters at pretense. The connection of the heart and eye is where the truth lies.

When people give you a dirty look for one reason or another, you clearly see a person's heart. How we view life depends on our heart's condition. We have a healthy eye when we are thankfully trusting God that He works on our behalf for good in all circumstances. If we complain, believing people are against us, then our eye is unhealthy. We cannot navigate life very well, and we doom ourselves to poor choices. We stumble because we cannot see.

In the Lord's light, we have light. Amid the darkness of December, lean into the presence of God. As you trust Him to guide you and daily cast your care upon Him, your insight will expand, and your "eyesight" will improve! Indeed, he sees us all!


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