Do You Have a Filter?
“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” - Matthew 6:22-23 (NIV) What we consume matters. If I were to watch a bunch of commercials or ads about Jimmy Johns or Chick Fil A, you better believe I would immediately start craving an Italian Night Club or delicious Chicken Sandwich with some waffle fries, Chick Fil A sauce and a lemonade. Compare that to me seeing a commercial talking about how great Taco Bell’s newest multi-layered taco/burrito/ Crunch-wrap Supreme conglomeration. The effect this advertisement would have on me would be minor because my desires aren’t for that. The same goes for our every-day life as we walk with Jesus except that the advertisements are everywhere and the importance of how we handle them is much greater. It may be hard to believe but every day thousands and thousands of thoughts enter our mind. Some of them are honoring and pleasing and good, while others are selfish and only pleasing ourselves and all around, not good for our souls. It is here, where I say, that what we consume matters a lot. If we are lacking in consuming the Word of God, conversations about Him, time spent in prayer, and just all-around things of God and instead consume things that lead us to desire other things far above the Lord, then we may find ourselves struggling to the point where it can seem like there is no way out. But, I assure you there is. By setting our eyes on Christ, the One who desires our relationship and who loves to spend any amount of time with us, we can begin to filter out the bad advertisements in our daily life and begin to consume the good and thrive in the lives we were created for. Prayer
Lord Jesus, forgive me for removing you from “1st place” in my life. There is so much in my daily routine that is fighting so hard for my attention and time and thoughts. But, I ask that You continue to give me new eyes so that I am better able to see Your plan and purposes. Jesus, I thank you that I am not alone in this life because Your Spirit guides me, and because you have given me fellow Christ followers to journey with. I love you and desire to know you more and more completely. Amen.