“I need you to listen with your eyes”

A friend recently shared this comment his teenage daughter made to him. Ralph Waldo Emerson said “An eye… by beams of kindness.. can make the heart dance with joy.”

The reality of modern FB/Snap/Insta media is that the eyes are no longer involved. I believe this girl’s innocent statement captures the plight of our new norms of conversation, the plight of a new generation of kids trying to navigate their new social patterns without eyes.

Everyone agrees there are benefits to these new media. But let us not ignore the perils. I am making a commitment to establishing eyeball-contact with as many people as possible in my social circle of influence, to “listen with my eyes” (I may use social media for logistics!)

“The eye is the lamp of the body. You draw light into your body through your eyes, and light shines out to the world through your eyes.”  Matthew 6:22

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