“My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare.” (Psalm 25:15) Our eyes give birth to our thoughts, and the more we dwell on our thoughts the more we become molded to them. William Shakespeare once said the eyes are a window to the soul. I also believe that the eyes can destroy the soul. What we look at could potentially give birth to death. Our eyes have the ability to photograph permanent images in our minds, good or bad. This past Monday I was watching Monday Night Football with my small group, when commercial after commercial kept popping up showing women half dressed, in towels, or seductive. I thought to myself, it’s everywhere. Even playing Words with Friends has pop up ads of seductive cartoons. For some of us we have allowed our eyes to walk us straight into a snare, but allow me to suggest 3 ways we can protect our eyes:
1. Fix Your Eyes on The Lord: If you’re anything like me it’s impossible for to focus on two things at once, shoot, I even have a difficult time focusing on one thing at a time yet alone two. The more I find myself focusing on the Lord, the less I find my eyes looking to things of this world. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)
2. Resist: We all have tried to look directly at the Sun, bute we know it’s not healthy for us to keep looking at something that could have permanent damage When things pop-up, show up, or expose themselves before your eyes, RESIST! Change the channel, leave the website, or turn it off. “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)
3. Friends: I’ve often heard you are who your friends are. Which I would take it a step further and say you see what your friends see. Find friends that help you fixate your eyes on things above. (Colossians 3:2) Find friends that will help keep you accountable. (Proverbs 27:17) Find friends that will help you protect your eyes from blindsides you and I never see coming.