One of our goals this year is to slow down and look for the beauty that is everywhere around us. Unfortunately, not everything we look at is so beautiful. Another report on children’s media viewing came out recently. Research shows a high percentage of children are seeing increasing amounts of pornographic, violent, and anxiety producing images. These images impact children’s brains, often in quite detrimental ways. Though children are more susceptible, what is true for them is true for us as well.
This year our church is taking up a 52- week challenge of our own. We are reading through the New Testament together this year. Whether you are part of our church or not, I invite you to take the challenge too. There are only 5 chapters a week to read, and you can do it at your own pace. While many people in our church have read the New Testament, the challenge is to read a short section each day with new eyes. Here is a link to check out Cathy's first post with links to the challenge and guidelines: Bible reading challenge.
This week our reading included the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s gospel. I’ve read this portion of the Bible dozens of times, but I had an epiphany this week. Right in the middle of Jesus preaching on storing up treasures in heaven instead of earth, and serving God, not money, we get these two verses:
How are your eyes doing this year? Are they “good”? Are they generous? Pure? Are they “dark”? What we look at this year, and even more importantly, the “eye” we use to see things will makes all the difference in how the year goes.
I encourage you to see things anew this year! I hope we all might see even the everyday things in 2023 with healthy eyes.