July 11th, '18
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eyes gladden the heart..." (Proverbs 15:30 NASB)
Eyes are windows to the soul. They invite or
else inhibit. They brighten or tighten according to the stimulus. They open
wide to let others into their owner's private world or else they shy away in
embarrassment or intimidation. When the tiger stalks his focus is on the eyes.
Don't blink. John saw Jesus' "eyes like a flame of fire" (Revelation 1:14).
Such crystal clearness. Such depth. Such innocence. Solomon adds that "bright
eyes gladden the heart". Eugene Peterson paraphrases, "A twinkle in the eye makes
joy in the heart" (The Message). Hey, bright eyes! I'm not talking about eye
drops. Visine can take the red out but only Christ can put the bright in.
Bright eyes are twin street lamps that say to passersby that love is home on
Note that bright eyes "gladden the heart". They
do so for both for the individual and those in contact with her/him. The
antonym would be downcast, sad-eyed or that nobody's-home look. To be
bright-eyed is first internal because the heart has to be pure and free of stress
and strain. When Jesus said to "let your light so shine before men" He was
referencing our testimony and vocal conversation but it also takes in the whole
lifestyle. Bright eyes say as much or more than a bright answer. One's look
says as much as one's language. Bright eyes soften atmosphere. Like a smile,
they can calm fears and remove the chill. Most people have at least some light
inside, probably a lot of light, but we have to "let" that light so shine. Pull
back the drapes. Let Jesus in then let Him out. Quit living from the
surface...draw from the well.
Over and over the Bible speaks of a person's
countenance. Face and countenance are not exactly the same. Another word,
somewhat archaic now, is visage. Bright eyes are the chief decorations in healthy
countenance or visage. It is internal as already mentioned but also external
because a person can decide whether he will be up or down. Lincoln commented to
a cabinet member that he didn't want one particular person working with them
because he didn't like the man's face. The associate responded, in so many
words, by saying, "Mr. President, a man is stuck with his face and can't do
anything about it". Lincoln replied that he had patience with the younger but
"a man forty years old is responsible for his face". When cheeks slouch the
eyes lose luster. Vote in favor of happiness. If the joy of the Lord is your
strength then notify your face that it's not the unpardonable sin to lighten up
and brighten up. Use eyeliner if it helps but a twinkle is not something that
can be brushed on. Peter said, "Let it be the hidden person of the heart, with
the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit..." (1 Peter 3:4) Right on
the inside means bright on the outside.