Wednesday, July 25, 2012

"Oh be careful little eyes what you see..."

As a parent I try my best to protect my child from things I know will affect his little mind. My son loves action. I started to allow him to watch some shows that had more "guy stuff" going on then say, Sesame Street and Caillou. It was sad that he was losing interest in those shows of his youth:). But then when I took an extra look I found that the overall theme of these new shows were too mature for my guy. As far as three year olds go, I think he is pretty mature....but I was allowing him to watch something that was not appropriate. I don't want to be an over-protective parent. That leads to other problems...which is for another post:)...but I also don't want to be responsible for allowing my little guy to see and hear things that could cause him to grow up too quickly.The innocence of a child is so precious. Far too often  I sit next to a young child in a R rated movie. It breaks my heart. I am sure this is how God feels when we as adults see or hear something we shouldn't.

I love that Sunday School classic..."Oh be careful little eyes what you see...For the Father up above is looking down in love...". I know I sometimes feel that as an adult I don't have to guard my heart or mind anymore. I can watch whatever I want...say whatever I want...because I am an adult...right??? That couldn't be further from the truth. As a follower of Christ, we are continually reminded to guard our hearts( Proverbs 4:23.."Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life".)There are things that we should never see or hear even as adults. They really do have an affect on us...not at just that moment but for a lifetime.Proverbs 22:5 "In the paths of the wicked lie thorns and snares, but he who guards his soul stays far from them." Stay away!!! Beware!!!

 I hope I am not coming across judgmental. I have been struggling with this concept for awhile. I have had to turn down many a movie offers because I knew that it would do me no good to watch. Now, I am not saying that I have not seen a bad movie. The damage is done. But, I want to encourage you all( all 14 of you) to take a moment and ask yourself what good will this movie or book do for me. It may give you a laugh or two...provide you with some enjoyment or a little break from the kiddos...but it also is filling your mind with things that are of this world and do nothing for your walk with Christ. If your walk is important to you...I say protect yourself. I look like a prude time and time again to many of my friends. For so long I felt bad about it...but guess what, my thoughts were so much more pure than they are now that I have given in a few times(my own doing...not anyone's fault but mine) and watched something I knew was no good. 

It is getting harder and harder to watch anything that doesn't have something inappropriate in it. So just as you protect your children...protect yourself. They are watching you more than you know. If mommy and daddy talk about things that are good and pleasing to God it will be placed upon their hearts to do the same.

I read two blogs that really expressed better than I could how I feel. Below are the links.....

*****This posts will replace my Weigh In Wednesday because it was my birthday and I treated myself to lots of things that were not on my diet and I am afraid to weigh myself and I am going back on my diet starting tomorrow...I promise!!!!!