The other day a dear friend of mine wrote about her eyes and her inability to see without contacts. She also talked about how she longs to have a different pair of eyes.. No, she wasn’t referring to some major surgical procedure, but rather that she hopes to have the eyes of the Lord. Have you ever thought about that? Have you ever thought about how you would view things differently if you were to see things as God see them? I know my eyes would go through a complete 180. How about yours?
As I was listening to The Today Show as I was getting ready this morning, they talked about a young girl (Phoebe Prince) who committed suicide and they ruled that her death was directly related to the tormenting she received in school by her peers. The teenagers charged in the case tormented Phoebe daily, calling her disturbing names and harassing her both in and out of school. There were, I believe, four girls and two boys that were facing charges; most of which took a plea deal. However, the mother of the young girl wasn’t so concerned about the justice that these teens would face, but rather she wanted them to feel some kind of remorse and regret for what they did and to learn from this experience.
What they did was a horrible, inhumane act and I pray that they seek forgiveness for what they have done, but if you think about it, when was the last time you threw out a negative comment about someone? How about the last time you were out at the mall? Or maybe at work? Or even as you picked up your child from school? I’ll be the first to admit I’ve done my fair share of name calling. And even though mine was never said to the person’s face, it still doesn’t make it right. I’ve said things that were completely stereotypical, beyond judgmental and should have never been said about any human being. And I doubt I’m the only one. We’ve all been there. I’m sure none of us have done any sort of the taunting that Phoebe received, but it still doesn’t make it any better. My eyes have judged people all too much.
It’s baffles me to think about what our world would be like if we all aimed to have the eyes of Jesus… the forgiving, loving, merciful eyes of Jesus. I do know that Phoebe Prince would most likely still be alive. Her tormenters would have been her friends if they had only used the caring eyes of Jesus. Hatred wouldn’t exist. And we’d all be aiming to see into people’s hearts and not what is just on the outside. We would see Jesus in all those that surrounds us, from the homeless man on the corner to the trench coat wearing teenager to the fortune 500 company’s CEO. When we begin to see Jesus in others, we begin to love them as Jesus would have us as well. We’d also be seeing God’s will and His calling for our life because we’d be able to see the change He wants us to make in this world. If only we could all see with these loving eyes..
Unfortunately that kind of peace and love doesn’t exist here on earth, but as individuals we can make that change. We can each pray that our own pair of eyes slowly become more like Jesus’. We’ll never possess the undying love that He has or His forgiving soul, but the more we pray.. the closer we may become.