It is common knowledge that we have 5 primary senses. You probably feel like you’re back in the 3rd grade…now what are they class? Say them with me…taste, touch, hearing, smell and sight. Clearly, these 5 senses come in quite handy in our day to day lives. When these senses are operating properly, they help us avoid very troublesome and dangerous situations. For example, when you touch a hot plate, it prevents you from grabbing it with your entire hand. Physically, our senses keep us from imminent danger.
I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the fact that when it comes to our eyes and ears, we really don’t get any major warning signs. Obviously, if something physically is about to harm our eyes, our natural instinct is to close them, and similarly with our ears, loud noises cause us to cover them up, or wear noise-canceling ear devices. The reality is that our ears and our eyes are directly connected with our brain, yet we carelessly allow all sorts of evil and wicked things to enter our ears and eyes.
There’s an old saying that states “the eyes are the window to the soul”. Ironically, scientist have recently started proving that this is more than just an old saying, but there is actual evidence supporting this. Scientists at Orebro University in Sweeden have discovered that the iris in your eye, is as unique as your fingerprint. They went on to explain that your eye can even predict, and indicate what kind of personality you have. The entire article can be read here.
My point for this particular sense, is further emphasized in Matthew 6:22-23 (NLT) 22 Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is! Once again the word of God proved long ago what scientist are just now discovering. If you allow goodness into your eyes, then goodness will prevail in your life. However, if you allow evil in, evil will be the dominant, driving force in your life.
Our ears are similar to our eyes, in that what we allow into our ears, directly affects and influences our mind, our thoughts, even our desires. I remember as a college freshman, I had to quit listening to certain types of music, because it was affecting my mind, and even my attitude.
Our hearing and sight differ from the way our taste, smell and touch senses operate. The latter 3 senses have accompanying defense mechanisms that prevent us from allowing danger to proceed any further to the point that it harms us. Yet, we have all (voluntarily) allowed our eyes to see things we shouldn’t be seeing, and our ears to hear things we shouldn’t be hearing. And that just doesn’t make any sense to me!
So, as the Sunday School song goes, be careful little eyes what you see, and be careful little ears what you hear. Your thoughts will thank you later. And most likely, pretty much everyone around you, that loves you and cares for you, will also thank you.
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