RESTRAINT OF THE EYES


My eyes are always on the Lord, for he will pull my feet out of the net.” (Ps 24/25: 15)

The eyes are a window through which all sorts of ideas, desires, emotions, or interests – not always healthy ones – can enter my mind and heart. This obvious fact is even more obvious during this “shopping season,” when the storefronts and advertisements are all lit up with attractive Christmas lights and “bargains.” But the eyes can be drawn, and choose to linger on, not only things, but people, to evaluate how they are dressed, how attractive they are (or not), what car they drive, and so on.

So I can become entangled, in my mind, in a sort of “net,” which distracts me from my desired focus, from a God-centered, Spirit-centered life. This kind of “net” is what the Apostle calls “the mind of the flesh,” which robs us of peace, leading to various forms of frustration, envy, lust, unhealthy spending or eating habits. “To set the mind on the flesh is death,” says St. Paul, “but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” (Rom 8: 6)

Today let me set my inner vision on the Lord, and ask that He help me restrain my eyes, according to His wisdom and His grace, liberating me from various, unwanted entanglements. Today “My eyes are always on the Lord, for he will pull my feet out of the net.

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