We don’t just see with our eyes, we see with our minds. Your eyes are only the lenses of the camera that captures the images in your path. It’s your mind that actually processes the information, much faster than any digital camera, and tells you what your eyes have taken in. We call it seeing, but we all see a little differently. One person may see a color as off-white, while another may see it as white, while another may see the same color as cream. I guess it depends on each person’s point of reference.
Let me give you another example. Let’s say that your co-worker Juanita Moore was getting ready for work. She was known for wearing more make-up than most people at your job wore. When she finished putting her face on, she saw beauty reflected in the mirror. Not only did she see herself, but her mind also showed her a brief reminder of her favorite actress. She smiled as she remembered the icy blue eye shadow and pouting, shining, red lips of her gorgeous idol, who had been surrounded by her screaming, adoring fans. Juanita, of course, applied her makeup in a way that would allow her to be true to her vision of beauty.
Your other co-worker, Janice Little, saw her at work later on, took one look at Juanita’s face and wonder why in the world would Juanita do that to herself. Janice was wearing very little make-up, because she was taught by her mom that a more ‘natural’ look is beautiful. So while Janice is looking at Juanita, Juanita is looking at her, wondering why Janice would not take better care of her appearance. She thought, “Janice could be such a lovely girl with just a little more effort.” You see, beauty really is all in the eye or mind of the beholder.
We are living at a time when exciting history is being made daily. Our focus is being corralled by the political arena. Our eyes are glued to the television where we scan the channels for the latest in fashions, the latest rumor about our favorite celebrities, the most recent leader’s demise or fall from grace, or the latest death toll in the wars we wage. The world has grabbed our attention like never before. We have been deluged, yes flooded, by images of flesh, immoral sex, violence, and increasingly greater degrees of wickedness to the point that our brains are on overload. We’ve become desensitized by all that we see.
What do we see? We see the television cameras zoom in on scantily clad women and men who are there to entertain us. We feel the mounting pressure to reveal more and cover less; to define our value by how easily we can turn heads. As a result, some of us are beginning to accept the world’s view as our own.
What do we see? We see some of our Christian friends reading porn books unashamedly. Why? They say they read it for the excellent plot! We surf the Web and fight the temptations that come privately to us through emails and websites.
What do we see? We see that we can’t make it without the latest gadget. Every man, woman, and child has to have a cell phone. If it doesn’t flip, touch, video, text, surf, navigate, and play more songs than we can listen to in a lifetime, then we don’t want it. We are on the hunt, searching for the next new thing.
And while our sights are on the concerns of this world, what has the world done to us? By capturing our sight, it has touched our souls. In doing so, it has scarred our emotions, damaged our hearts, muddled, yes confused our thinking, and influenced how we want and don’t want our lives to be. Remember Jesus says in Matthew 6:22-23 “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.” The enemy has used our sight against us, but today is the day that God has chosen to remind us in Isaiah 42 that Jesus came to open eyes that are blind and to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.
Okay, you say to me, “Listen, it’s hard to live in this world and not let it influence what I see and what I say.” However, God says to you, “Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for my yoke is easy and my burdens light. Hooked up with me, it’s not impossible to do.” What we see and what we say makes a world of difference in how we live our lives, enjoy success, or endure failure. Our focus affects whether we abide in peace or waver in doubt and worry; if we are secure and satisfied or daily discontented; if we are hopeful or miserable.
So ask yourself, “What do you see?” (I’m waiting!)
When you look in the mirror every day, what do you see? We spend so much time trying to present our best image; what we believe we want others to see. I believe that our minds are working hard to show our uniqueness; our ability to blend in or our ability to disappear; our desire to be appreciated; to be wanted; loved; sometimes to be sexy, because the world says sexy is good; or our desire to be holy because God says holiness is good.
If you take a closer look, what do you see? Do you see sadness when you look in the mirror? Do you see joy? insecurities? anger? What do you see? Do you see hopelessness? Fear? Courage? Confidence? Do you see a confused person staring back at you or a person who has wisdom operating in his or her life? For whatever you see, you will demonstrate or act out for the world to see, sooner or later.
It is my prayer that you will see the person that God has created you to be. May this be the day when you see all of the possibilities that come with being a child of God.
And if you aren’t one of His children, today is a wonderful day to change that and join His family. He is standing with arms open wide to accept you. He has offered you the gift of salvation, saving you from every sin and saving you to live a life with Him forever. To receive this gift of eternal life, you must simply make up in your mind that you accept God’s Word as truth and take the gift He is extending to you. Next, talk to God about it. Below is a prayer that you may use to confess (say) that you want to be saved or simply say what’s in your heart. God hears and knows. “Father, Thank you for making me and loving me. Thank you for sending Jesus Christ, your Only Begotten Son, to earth for me. I believe that He died on the cross for my sins; all the wrong things I’ve thought, said, and have done. I believe that His blood washed away all of my sins, wiping the slate clean. He voluntarily paid the price for me, because I couldn’t. I thank you that He died and set me free so I may definitely live with you in heaven and not go to hell. I thank you, God, for adopting me as your child. I thank you that nothing can ever separate me from your love. Forgive me for my sins. I’m putting my past behind me. I don’t want to live this way anymore. I give you my life and ask you to be in charge of it instead of me. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.”
If you’ve just prayed this prayer, WELCOME TO THE FAMILY! Please ask God to direct you to a loving church that believes and teaches God’s Word with accuracy. Ask him to send you someone who will mentor you, pray with you, hold you accountable, and help you in your journey to know God, love, trust, and obey Him.
May you enjoy the journey!
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Thank you for allowing me to share with you this republished series on Prudence, from the archives, in case you missed it. You don’t want to miss the next post on Enjoying the Journey3!