Definition of Principle:
Watch – Look at or observe attentively, typically over a period of time.
Bible Verses to study principle: Matthew 6:22a, Luke 11:34a, Psalm 101:3, Proverbs 20:12, Job 31:1
“The light of the body is the eye,” (Luke 11:34a) has the idea that the window of our body is our eyes. The Bible says “my heart has gone after my eyes” (Job 31:7). The eyes are so pivotal to our everyday actions and interactions. How would you be able to drive a car if you couldn’t use your eyes? How would you cook a meal? The simplest of functions become near impossibilities without the ability to use our eyes.
We also know that our children’s primary way of learning comes from watching us. We wait for our babies to learn to smile as we hold them and show them how. We love to watch our toddlers imitate us talking on a phone. Yet, we hate to see our children argue with each other or especially us. The nature of Adam is strong in all of us, even our precious little ones. It tends to be stronger in our children when our temperance is small and the nature of Adam abounds more in our life than the nature of Christ.
The eyes help our children acquire knowledge. In order to be the parents God wants us to be we must learn this principle and do all that we can do obey it. How did that baby learn to smile? By watching you smile. How did that toddler learn to talk on the phone? By watching you talk on the phone.
This then must be a principle we understand. If you do not have your children’s eyes when you instruct them they are probably not getting it. I personally start training my children around 2 years old to look at my eyes when I instruct them. I want them to see into the window of my body and soul. I want them to see love, compassion, fervor, significance, and acceptance. At particularly imperative times I have even gone so far to put my hands around their eyes to force a tunnel vision to mine.
The temptation is to be lazy and yell at or even just express your feelings to the child without actually sitting down, getting their eyes, and teaching them. It takes a lot of effort and time to do this. But, if done correctly, you will experience the long term effects of following this principle. “Mine eye affecteth mine heart” (Lamentations 3:51).
I don’t know about you, but I want my children to be able to look at me and have their hearts affected in a positive way. I want them to look back on their childhood with joy. I want them to see a dad praying, reading his Bible, and loving others the best he knows how for Gods glory.
Pause for a moment today and look into your children’s eyes and ask yourself, “Do I like what I see?” If not, then let’s give them something better to look at!