How do you choose to see things, through what kind of eyes?
From Matthew 6:22-23 MSG
“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!”
I have been thinking about how we “choose” to see things a lot lately. I need you to know that it is a choice, you create your own reality to a large degree. We are taught from everybody; parents, teacher, friends, clergy, culture, everyone, to see things in a certain way the “right” way. But who’s right way; there’s, yours, the groups way? What group? We naturally break things into us and them, and that’s a problem, it keeps us in low level thinking, not wrong, but definitely not “enlightened.” That’s why we are still talking about the same things they struggled with in the Bible, insert the “Holy” book of your choice here. Richard Rohr says “literal thinking is not wrong, it’s just the lowest level of thinking, we need to change the way we view the world.”
As near as I can tell, Jesus made no distinctions of religion or race or class or gender! Actually he was radically inclusive. A lesson we still need to learn today.
If you still see a them , and we all do, then you still have work to do. Do you see “other” religions, other political parties, other groups of anything? Sure we all do, what are you doing about it, that’s the question. I know what most of us do, nothing. Blame someone else; blame a “them.”
Until we can see that the “them’s” of the world are the” us’s” of the world, things won’t change all that much. If we can’t learn to “see” with different eyes, we are doomed to repeat the past. You know that old saying, if you don’t remember the past you’re doomed to repeat it, that’s Bull . We remember it and repeat it, over and over and over again, just look at the world. We are told to forgive but don’t forget, I call Bull on that one too, just forgive and forget period. Jesus calls us to forgive those who persecute you, somebody needs to start somewhere. We need to move the story forward. We need to see the world with “new eyes.”
Hilary Clinton is in the news this week for not using the ‘correct” email server? She says she followed protocol, did she? We are still here, they (who ever they are) didn’t bomb us, and the world kept spinning. What do you see, I am sure what you see is based on your prejudices; the Republicans are on a witch hunt! The Democrats are trying to cover something up, she is hiding something… Or is it all just noise?
Noise that divides us, keeps us from doing the real work that needs done.
Maybe we should be talking about things that matter, like our deficit, or poverty, or hunger, or peace.
I keep hearing that we are the “richest” nation that ever existed, and we have citizen’s that don’t have enough to eat, or are without health care, or a roof over their heads.
What would Jesus do indeed!
The only person you can change is you. You need to be the change you want to see in this world.
What you think about you become, be aware of what you let into your soul, you will become it. “If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar.” Are you a dank cellar?
What you seek you surely find!