Monday Musings 07/10/13
In spite of the fact that my nose has become the resting place for eyeglasses, I, like so many of you reading this blog today, need to remind ourselves that we are blessed with good eyesight.
Just this morning, with the aid of my eyeglasses, I was reading from Matthew 6.
“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! Matthew 6:22, 23 NIV
Gary McIntosh and Samuel Rima, in their book “Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership”, give some basic assumptions of “the dark side”. Every leader (person) has a dark side, the dark side is often driven by the desire to succeed, many leaders (people) are not aware of their dark side, and addressing the dark side can avoid leadership failure. After reading Matthew 6 this morning, I would like to add one other assumption to “the dark side”. Most, if not all, challenges that a person faces start with the eyes – the lamp of the body.
Making a list of things that belong to the dark side is dangerous because inevitably, someone will read the list and think that they are off the hook because their “weak link” is not exposed on the list. Jesus model prayer, found in the same chapter, reminds us that no one is immune to temptation: “and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil…” Temptation includes, but is not exclusive to, the pursuit of sexual perversion, the hunger for power, the drive to gossip, the allure of money, the pride of life, even false humility. Okay, enough already of listing temptations, now you complete the list by adding your weak link!
When you think of it, most, if not all weak links begin with the eye. Gossip is the result of what you see in another person. Allurement of money is based upon what you see that others have, or what advertisers try to make you think you need. Struggles with sexual perversion begin by taking a second look at those around you or by what you see on the television or the internet. Pride of life comes from what you see in your own accomplishments just as false humility can be the result of what you want others to see in you even if it is not accurate.
Jesus said: “If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness”.
I found myself praying for “healthy eyes” this morning. There are a lot of distractions available to us today. Left unchecked, those distractions will become a diversion and those diversions will become a digression to darkness. Just ask the Psalmist David. He saw a beautiful woman, he sent for her, and he ultimately slept with a woman who was not his wife. His path led to a period of “great darkness” in his life. The good news is that, like David, we can ask God to create a clean heart within us!
Gary McIntosh suggests that many try to deny they have a dark side. Jesus suggests that before any of us suffer the consequences of denial, we need to remind ourselves that unhealthy eyes will cause our whole body to be full of darkness. May all of us commit to a daily dose of healthy eyes so that we will be full of light!
Until next Monday…