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Friday, July 29, 2016

Adjusting our perception

Eyes of Light

The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light.”
Jesus (Matthew 6:22-American Bible Translation)

The Berean Study Bible translates this scripture as: “...if your vision is clear, then your whole body will be full of light.” In other words, if you see things clearly, then you will be filled with light. It continues by stating that if your vision is dark, your whole body will be filled with darkness. Perhaps this is 1st century psychology/theology for saying that it is the way we look at things that makes them either light or dark—that our perception is key.

Many things happening in our world today could be used as examples of this truth. One of those is the immigration crisis that is spreading around the globe. We can look at immigrants as human beings who are trying to make life safe and better for themselves and their children, or we can see them as leeches who are sucking the blood out of us. We hear both these views today in equal measure. We can see them as being just like us, wanting the same things we do, or we can see them as wanting to take what we have and leave us empty handed. And how do they see us? Is their vision clear? Do they see us as kind, understanding of their plight and willing to reach out a helping hand, or do they see us as hateful door-slammers and wall-builders, who don't care whether they live or die? Light and darkness.

This scripture from Matthew goes on to say, “If the light within you is darkness, then how great is that darkness.” We can turn on the light within and without by changing our vision, by changing our perception. It's up to us as to whether our eyes are lamps of light, or lamps of darkness.

                                                     In the Spirit,

                                                        Jane

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