Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Good Eye

The eyes are our windows to our minds, our hearts and our souls.
What we look at affects who we are.
More importantly, what we look FOR, is the building block for how we perceive and are perceived by those around us. 
Matthew 6 (NIV)
22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 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!

As I read this verse, the first things that came to my mind were common to most people when thinking of looking at something bad.

Horrible Movies

Then I reread this verse several times and it occurred to me that it says that the eyes are a lamp. A lamp casts light. A lamp sheds light on things.

As I go through my day, WHAT am I looking FOR to cast light on? Am I searching out the wrong in people? Am I looking for all the bad things going on around me? DO I want to discover the awful side of situations or am I looking to cast the light on the beautiful?

If my eyes are only looking for the wrong, I can only be filled with darkness because that is all I see.
If my eyes, (and my heart), are looking for the good, the beautiful, the wonderful, then I will be filled with light because that is what I am looking for.

Jesus walked around on this earth seeing to the core of everyone's darkness in their soul. Yet He chose to see the good, praise and love on people instead of just seeing the darkness everywhere. And people LOVED to be around Him.
Have you ever met "Negative Nellie" who only sees things in the worst possible way? Not very fun to spend time with is she?

I want my eyes to be good and casting the light of Jesus everywhere I look. Darkness has taken too much already, I choose today not to be a part of it!

Chasing After Their Hearts,
Glenda Johnson


  1. Hey Glenda,
    I found out when I removed the narcessistic and negative people from my life and surrounded myself with more positive people, no matter what my circumstances were at the time, my outlook tends to be, guess what, positive! Sometimes we don't realize that we are absorbing the negative from people around us becuase we have been around it for so long. It's just "normal" for us. The key is finding out what is holding you back, be it people, places or things, and let it go. You'll be the better for it!

  2. I hear what you are saying Melissa.
    My point here was trying to see the positive even in those negative people.
    I cannot control how people act around me,or how they treat me, but I can control how I choose to see them and the situation, either all bad, or attempting to see the good!
    Thanks for reading, have a great day!