Over the weekend I was having some problems with my left eye. One minute it was itchy and dry, and the next it was watery and tears were rolling down my check.  So on Monday I went to see the eye doctor. He explained that there was some inflammation.

I asked, “So what does that mean do I need to stay off of it for a week?”

He laughed and gave me some drops and sent me home. But of course that was not the end for this A.D.D. guy. “Stay off your eye,” has been buzzing around in my head for the last 24 hours. I even had trouble getting to sleep last night with the thoughts running around in my mind. Then it hit me what it all meant.

The human race is very visual. If we can see it we will believe. We tend to focus on what looks good but is not necessarily good for us. In Proverbs 29:18 it states, “Where there is no vision, the people perish…” Having sight and seeing is not the same has having vision. Sight is here and now. Vision is seeing the future and the consequences of our actions.

David who was a man after God’s own heart, lost his vision when he looked upon Bathsheba. He let his sight take over his emotions and control him.  The here and now lust of his flesh was more important than the call of his heart. His lack of vision in that moment caused him to lust, commit adultery, lie, and kill.

We need to stay off our eyes and focus with our hearts. The things of this world are only temporary and only satisfy for the moment. They look good and smell good but will only cause us to become broke on the inside. They will never fulfill the TRUE longing of our hearts.  Only Jesus can fill the empty places where nothing else satisfies.

Stay off your eye.

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Ted Goodwin is a speaker and author of the book “Lessons from a Headache.” In June of 2009 Ted was diagnosed with a “chronic daily migraine” headache. Despite constant pain since the headache began, Ted has not allowed it to stop him from living life to the full. He lives a life that is active, rewarding and full of joy. He diligently trained for and completed his first marathon in September 2010, despite the migraine.