> A friend blogged on the Beatitudes as written in The Message. (see You’re Blessed!) I pulled out Carl’s copy and began reading into the next chapter. In Matthew 6:22-23 these words are written:
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.
When I read the words “open your eyes wide in wonder,” I thought of a young child. Jesus tells us:
I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3
Shortly after I became a Christian, a “friend” told me that being a Christian becomes harder as the years go by. Is it because we have become squinty-eyed? As we grow older we discover many who can not be trusted. We discover more evil in the world than we could have ever imagined. We discover more pain and suffering than we think anyone can endure. And some Christians do become squinty-eyed. They are squinty-eyed because they are looking at the world. We have to look up at God to keep our “eyes wide in wonder and belief.” Then we discover God can always be trusted. We discover good can overcome evil. We discover greater strength when we allow God to deal with pain and suffering.
We have to make time to look, listen and talk to God. Remember that darkness is simply the absence of light. “Sonshine” will fill us with light!