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Look away

Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, And revive me in Your way.
Psalms 119:37 NKJV

The psalmist understands an incredible truth.

What we see, what we spend time looking at, really does leave a mark on our hearts and minds.

Whether we understand the full affects or not, what we look at makes a difference.

Do you recall, the first time, as a child seeing something you wanted.

It wasn’t a glance, it was a stare.

As adults, we have a choice.

What do we spend time looking at?

What is engaging our brains?

Even if it’s, so called “entertainment” or “just to relax” what we watch goes in.

And in some form it comes back out.

As a child, seeing that item, it was probably verbally.

“Mommy, I want…”

As adults, it takes on all kinds of different forms.

It can affect our thoughts, our attitudes, our actions, and our words.

All because of what we are looking at.

So when the psalmist said, “Turn away my eyes…” he was asking God to help him.

To guide his heart and mind into focusing on God, instead of worthless things.

Learning where to look and guiding our eyes away from worthlessness is an effort as well as a practiced action.

It’s not a once and done.

Looking away from worthlessness is to purposefully choose to look at something else.

At the start of the new year, a family member shared with me their purposeful choice.

“Instead of social media, I’m reading my Bible. I’ve downloaded an app, so when I catch myself on my phone, I choose to open the Bible app instead.”

How encouraging!

Each of us are different and therefore we all need to start where the psalmist did when dealing with this.

Go to God.

Ask Him:

Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, And revive me in Your way.
Psalms 119:37 NKJV

Then follow through.

Make it a habit by continually revisiting the subject.

“Am I looking at worthless things, Lord?

If so, please show me, quickly, so I can look away.”

Let us all follow Job’s example:

Job 31:1a KJV — I made a covenant with mine eyes;…

Worthless

(This is a guest post from our Anne.)

Have you ever felt

worthless?

I think everyone does,

at least once in their lives.

Have you wondered why you are on this earth?

“Why am I here? What is my purpose?

It’s not like I’m going to change history.

I’m ordinary,

I’ll never end up in the history books.”

Probably not.

Of course even if you did, it would probably occur after your death and you wouldn’t know about it.

Whether you are recorded in a book for someone else to study or not,

you are still a blessing.

This earth has been blessed because there’s no other you on the entire face of the whole earth.

God only made one.

Do you feel like you have to pretend for other people to like and accept you?

Just remember, there’s no such thing as normal.

We are all made unique.

And God doesn’t make junk.

When you feel worthless just remember that the most important person who ever walked this earth

died

for

you.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have ever lasting life.”

John 3:16

If you live your life for Jesus, than your life means more than any dates in a history book.

You do matter.

Infact, you are worth far more than you know.

When you feel worthless, unloved, remember we have an enemy and thoughts like those are used by him.

He makes us blind so that we don’t feel loved.

If he can use your own feelings against you to destroy your joy, he will.

You may not have anyone in your life who you feel loves you, but Jesus does and He always will.

Jesus is the best friend anyone could ever wish for.

No matter where you live, or what you look like, what you own or wish you did,

you matter to Jesus.

You’re worth is priceless.

Don’t let anyone tell you anything different.