Jesus told a parable (story) about thinking healthy using the example of the eye. What did he mean by this? (Matthew 6:22-24)
One day Jesus was teaching His followers and He brought up the subject of keeping their minds focused on healthy things.
Ask the children…
What did Jesus tell his followers about the eye?
“Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light.’” (Matthew 6:22)
The eye is one of the primary body parts through which we take in information into our brain. If we look at good and healthy things, then we will be be filling our minds with good things.
What did Jesus say happens when the eye takes in bad information?
“‘But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!’” (Matthew 6:23)
When the eye looks at evil things and brings those things into our brains, then our whole body becomes evil. What we think about becomes who we are and what we are committed to.
Ask your children what good things they are spending their time looking at and what that causes them to think about? Ask them what evil things they are looking at? What does that cause them to think about? Make an agreement as a family to keep each other accountable for looking at good things. Make an ‘eye chart’ on the wall of good things that the family has looked at that day.
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