spiritual cataracts

The eye is the lamp of the body. So if your eye is unclouded, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is evil, your whole body will be full of darkness. If the light in you is darkness, how dark it will be! [Matthew 6:22-23 GW]

I have heard it said that we are what we gaze upon.
This statement makes us feel a bit uncomfortable.
We all watch stuff in movies and on TV that are pretty dark.

Even news shows are often full of darkness.
The culture is full of dark images and pictures that are hard to avoid.
Sometimes it is a challenge to find positive ones to gaze upon.

I like the way this version speaks of our eyes being unclouded.
There are things in life that tend to cloud our vision.
Sometimes these things slowly blind us like spiritual cataracts.

Like a cataract, this darkness begins small and grows slowly.
Over time our lives are changed by suffering and trials.
If left untreated spiritual cataracts can form and obscure the light.

We can keep these cataracts from forming by keeping our hearts clean.
Things like forgiveness, love and hope will keep our eyes clear.
And having clear eyes will keep us filled with the light of Christ.

Lord, help me to remove anything that is obscuring my spiritual vision.

... this devotion is part of the Red Letters series. Click here to read more.

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