What we see, light or dark, can’t help but go into us and become part of us. 

Luke 11: 33-36 33 “No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. 34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. 35 See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. 36 Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.” 

Far from being a plug for the benefits of optometry the above verses speak to what’s inside you, in fact inside all of us. I don’t think Jesus is advising me not to read in bad light, not change my contacts regularly or avoid tests for glaucoma. It’s said that the eyes are the window to your soul and I believe what Jesus is saying is that window will show a light or a dark body but it will show something. We can’t avoid that.

It’s up to us to keep our eyes healthy but what is that exactly? Obviously we see with our eyes so the admonition would be to look at healthy versus unhealthy things. Our eyes take in what we put in front of them. You may have heard someone jokingly say they wish they could have unseen something. The thing is… we can’t. Once that unhealthy thing is seen it goes into us and according to the scripture it makes a part of the inside of us dark. I picture it a bit like a filter that if I bring clean air through it, will remain clean but if I run dirty, smoky, crummy air into it that gook remains. Then there’s the other side to be considered, the output side of this equation.

You may have heard the computer saying, “Garbage in, garbage out.” It holds true here that if we bring darkness in there can be no light. What Jesus is saying is that we will fill our bodies, our selves, our souls with this stuff. It can be light or it can be darkness but whichever it is that is what will come out. That whole window to the soul thing doesn’t contain any kind of refractive properties to clean up what’s entered in the first place.

My hope for you is that you consider what’s going in and take measures to ensure more light than dark enters on a daily basis.

What do you think is the greatest source of darkness in our world today? How do we not take that into ourselves? I appreciate your ideas on this.

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