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Good Eye

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When our son was young he played Little League. Two practices a week and a game on Saturday. Back then parents were pretty tame and nobody got too worked up. Everyone minded their manners and there was no yelling at coaches or harassing the opponents. We did, however, try to encourage anything good the kids did and any effort they made even if it didn’t succeed.
One phrase that still runs through my head is ‘Good Eye’.
We’d say that when a kid resisted swinging at a pitch that wasn’t in the strike zone.
“Good Eye Josh!”

Today, right in the middle of Matthew 6 Jesus starts talking about having a good eye.
Would I kid about this stuff? No. I would not. In the middle of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says if our eyes are good our whole body will be full of light.
If they’re bad, darkness will fill us up.
That sounds like something I want to avoid.

What’s it mean to have good eyes?
Our eyes help us perceive the world around us. They help us make sense of things so that we avoid getting eaten by big animals or hit by speeding cars.
We don’t stumble or bump into things because our eyes show us the dangers that surround us.

Just the way a Little League player can tell which ball to swing at, you and I can make informed decisions about where to invest our treasure and affections.

The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
Matthew 6:22-24

Jesus has just defined the strike zone for us.
Serving money (ancient god called Mammon), well that’s like swinging at a pitch in the dirt. A complete waste of energy.

Serving God, that’s a home run!

He’s cheering us on. Waiting to shout, ‘Good Eye”.

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10 comments

  1. Marissa Aschinger says:

    Thanks Kelly! Pray for me. I am struggling with unforgiveness/bitterness and don’t want to be blind to the good healing work God is doing in my heart. <3

    • Kelly Grace says:

      Praying for you today. Now I’m gonna share a little Amy Carmichael to ‘ex-courage‘ you (that’s exhort and encourage):

      If I say, “Yes, I forgive, but I cannot forget,”
      as though the God,
      who twice a day washes all the
      sands on all the shores of all the
      world,
      cannot wash such memories
      from my mind,
      then I know nothing of Calvary love.

      He wants to set you free from the burden and stress of ‘rehearsing the hurt‘.
      Will you let Him minister grace to you right now?

      *Forgiveness doesn’t mean we keep allowing others to inflict pain. It means we quit re-living it.

  2. mommalisaof2 says:

    Great analogy. Having two high school baseball players at home, I could really relate to your comparison. Thank you!

    • Kelly Grace says:

      Two HS baseball players at home, you must go through so many boxes of Wheaties!!! I was afraid women would be put off by a Sports analogy, but that’s what popped into my mind when I read Matthew 6. Have a great day and kudos on Pink Umbrellas: The 12 Days of Devotion. What’s it like writing a book? My dream endeavor:)

      • mommalisaof2 says:

        Wheaties, no…but food….food we go through!
        There is a story behind Pink Umbrellas. I probably need to tell that story. For me, it was unexpected, undeserved, a bit scary, and a huge blessing. That book was all God.

  3. "light and salt" says:

    A great metaphor and post, Kelly.

    Steve Pejay

    • Kelly Grace says:

      Thanks Steve. My 11 year old grandson’s first BB game is this evening. I think my daughter must have given me a subliminal suggestion last week:D

      • Well, since this is the day after your comment…I hope they won!

        Have a super day, Kelly, and thanks so much for your support and comments! I enjoy your stories as well…

        Steve 🙂

  4. GodGirl says:

    This is a great analogy. It can be so tempting to serve money – but you’re right – it’s a needless waste of energy!

    • Kelly Grace says:

      When my husband wants to know what happened with the checking account, I quote Scripture. Prov. 23:5 Will you set your eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven. My kids used to say Mom has a verse for everything!

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