“Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. If you pull the blinds on your windows, what a dark life you will have!” -Matthew 6:22-23
Part of Jesus’ genius teaching in the Sermon on the Mount is the stuff I’ve long believed to be secrets to the universe and humankind. It is against our nature typically, which is what makes the teaching genius. Part of our design is that we are receptors of sights, sounds, smells and personal experiences that affect us and develops our inner world. Our outer world directly influences our inner world. What comes in is what goes out. What we look at and pay attention to, becomes us. We are products of our gaze and desire, it is those things that we worship. So what are you looking at? It is that thing that you worship and are becoming.
This past US election got me wired up, wrapped up, stressed out, anxiety driven and despondent. The rhetoric, the hatred, the lowest forms of dialogue, the 24/7 frantic news streams, Facebook preaching, Twitter sewage etc. It all fascinated me from a historic and culture perspective how we got here as a nation but it’s turned into its own animal. The anxiety of the drama has become too expansive for me, as I’ve taken it in it has become me. I’m turning off my gaze into these melodramas and debates, they don’t have the life I’m looking for and I don’t want that crap in my heart. What I look at and pay attention to, I become.
I need to look at goodness, hope, generosity of spirit, kindness, mercy, freedom and love of neighbor. Those are the things I want to become so those are the things I’m looking at and looking for today. Join me.