Day 17

There is much debate over the building of the wall. If you are alive in America in 2019, you have likely heard the arguments about our borders.

Before reading any further and thinking:

Finally the church is speaking on this issue!

OR

Why on earth is the church speaking on this issue?
 

Let’s clear the air. We are NOT speaking about the issue of the wall at our border.
At least not the border you’re thinking about . . .
That debate is for another time and another place with more qualified debaters. 

Walls are generally built to keep something away from something else. Right or wrong, that’s their general purpose. They are protective in nature. You build a fence around your yard to keep your pets out of harm’s way. You put up metaphorical walls around your heart after a breakup to keep it safe from further pain. You build a privacy wall to keep your nosy neighbors out of your personal business. 

And you might want to consider building a wall in front of your face.
Not a real wall.
That would be odd.
People would ask questions.
But you do need protection.
You need to keep some things away that can wreak havoc on your life and the entry point is located on your face. At least that’s what Jesus says. His follower Matthew records it like this:

The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light.
— Matthew 6:22

The eyes.

The eyes allow entry to our minds, which are connected to our hearts—the engines for our lives. Protect the eyes and you protect the heart. Protect the heart and your life will shine as it’s intended to shine. Let down your guard at the point of the eyes and your heart will be impacted.  Darkness can enter. Darkness is blinding. It does damage. We stumble in the dark. Our lights can begin to dim . . . but it doesn’t have to be that way. We can guard our hearts by guarding our eyes.

How is your eye wall? Impenetrable? Porous? A few small cracks? Nonexistent? Has your light been fading as more darkness comes in through your eyes?

Is what you’re seeing starting to impact the way you’re living? Are you filling your eyes with light? Or darkness?

Build the wall. Get some friends. Share your goals. Admit your weaknesses. Shore up the cracks. Get your eyes healthy again. Jesus said we’re the light of the world. We will struggle with that if we allow darkness to keep creeping in. 

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