The other day I was driving home, and saw a man repairing a fence. He was repairing someone’s backyard block wall that backed up against this busy street. Here in Phoenix almost all our backyards are fenced. And it seems to happen frequently, that some poor motorist drives through said wall and we are given partial views of someone’s patio and pool.
I was in the middle of three lanes when this happened and I thought my glimpse was for just a fraction of a second. Well, maybe it was a little longer than a fraction because the man looked like Mario on the Super Mario Brother’s game – complete with the hat and overalls. But the next thing I knew, my car was veering ever-so-slightly across the line and towards that man repairing the fence!
Thank the Lord there was no one on my right, or we would have given poor Mario even more to fix!
In an instant, I got an important lesson: Where my eyes go, the body follows.
It reminded me of a value I’ve held dear for many years, and that is to guard what I look at. Psalm 101:3 says it this way:
“I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away. It shall not fasten its grip on me.” (NASB)
While there is lots to stay away from, what would happen if we created a principle based on this verse, but using positive wording?
I will set worthwhile things before my eyes. I love the work of those who love You. May goodness fasten its grip on me.
When I was parenting younger children, I learned to say “Shut the door softly” rather than “Don’t slam the door.” Many times I respond better to a positive suggestion rather than someone telling me what not to do. How about you?
What might this look like in your life today? What worthwhile thing … or person … or idea … or belief … can you set before your eyes and heart today?
Where the eyes go, the body follows. I’d love to hear your thoughts. If you are reading this in an email, please click here to leave a comment.
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