Written by: Megan Kincheloe
“Oh be careful little eyes what you see. Oh be careful little eyes what you see. There’s a Father up above and He’s looking down in love, so be careful little eyes what you see.” (Zondervan Music Publishers, 1956).
These lyrics are from a children’s song that I remember singing so vividly when I was younger. As a little girl, I didn’t know what the song was shielding me from. What could I see that God was cautioning me from through these words? Little did I know, the world is full of ugliness. Ugliness that takes on so many forms. Violence. Racism. Hate. You are unable to turn on the television without witnessing violence in some form whether through television drama or real-life occurrences being shown on the news from the world around us. You are unable to look at social media without someone putting down another race and being ignorant because it is what they were taught or because they do not understand. And you are unable to get through a day without witnessing someone judging another person or people group and throwing stones because their beliefs do not line up with their own. Ladies, this ugliness is poison to your precious souls.
One of my favorite quotes on hate is from Will Smith. He says, “Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you, and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.”
What else could God want to protect us from seeing? The world is also full of marketing that is vying for your attention. Cell phone apps convince you that once you send that picture, it will be deleted within just a few seconds. The problem with these apps is that while you may be able to delete the pictures, I can promise you that they aren’t deleted from the world of technology. And sweet girls, you may not be able to physically see them anymore, however; you can never ‘unsee’ an image that was imprinted on your brain.
Whatever you decide to feed your mind with is what you will, in turn, televise to the world. You see, what goes in, must come out. You have the choice now to decide whether you will showcase love or ugliness.
Because the truth is…you may be the only Jesus the world sees on any given day.
If you decide to see the beauty in creation, you will help others notice that same beauty.
If you decide to see the good in everyone, you will help others find those same qualities.
So be careful little eyes what you see…
Romans 12:9 says, “Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.”
Be the light, girls.