“Oh, be careful little eyes what you see… For the Father up above is looking down in love, oh, be careful little eyes what you see.
Oh, be careful little feet where you go… For the Father up above is looking down in love, oh, be careful little feet where you go.
Oh, be careful little hands what you do… For the Father up above is looking down in love, oh, 1be careful little hands what you do.”
You may be familiar with that little song. Recently I was pondering this little song. Many times younger children are taught this little song, but do those basic principles stay with them as they grow up?
I recently came across an idea that has made me thinking. “Ships don’t sink because of the water around them. Ships sink because of the water that gets in them.” As humans, living in a broken world, we are constantly surrounded by sin. It doesn’t matter how much you try to isolate yourself from the outside world, you are around sin. Humans are sinful creatures by nature, but it’s how you handle being around the sin that makes you different. It is learning from a young age right from wrong and remembering it when you are old.
Parents, are you teaching your parents by example where the water is near your ship?
Everyone else, are you showing others how to keep water out of your ship by your testimony? You are always an influence on someone else, no matter how hard you might try not to.
Is the water around or in? Are you being careful what your eyes are seeing, feet are going, and hands are doing for the right reasons?
When I look at those who call themselves Christians, so many times they appear to have water outside their ships, but are drowning in sin when no one is watching. This greatly bothers me.
As I try to reason why so many Christians have two sides of them, I have come to realize that Christians get so consumed with looking “good“ for their friends, peers, and others in the church that they forget whom they should actually be living for. It becomes a competition to see who can live the “purest” life for their friends, but who are you when only G-d is the one who is there watching?
It is easy to “forget” as a Christian who you are actually living for. Satan uses individuals in the church as a tool to distract you from G-d. I see my peers from my Christian private school, churches, and other followers of Christ easily falling into this trap.
Two-face Christians, what are you truly accomplishing by doing this?
It is vital to learn as soon as you become a Christian to be careful what you see, where you go, and what you do. When you use caution as to what you watch and read, where you go with your Christian and non-Christian friends, and essential every aspect of your life your ship will not drown.
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Awesome exhortation! Good for me to examine myself as well, which of course is the whole purpose of exhortation. Even at my age if I am not careful I fall into people pleasing and not G-d pleasing. And I am not always careful to follow this. What a beautiful illustration from a song of childhood that would be wise to follow!