When you have a 4 year old in the house, and she attends Sunday school and a church preschool, you’re gonna run into some Bible Songs. My little one and I have been singing “Be Careful Little Eyes” lately. The song tells us that the “Father up above is looking down in love, so be careful little eyes what you see”
I ran across this theme again in Matthew. 6:22-23 says “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore your eye be sound, your whole body shall be full of light. The meaning of the eye in this instance is the lens through which we view the world. Whatever we let through those eyes can either fill you with light or darkness.
It occurs to me that as parents, we are not nearly as careful as we should be. The mind is a steel trap, and whatever we put in is there for good. I often wonder why I can’t get it out when I want to, but that’s another story altogether!
Back to the point – be careful what you see. We expose ourselves to explicit, amoral or simply hateful behavior in the form of movies, TV and music. We allow our children to experience all of these things and sometimes role-playing video games as well. All of those sounds and images cannot help but have an impact on the way we view the world.
I got involved in that lovely FaceBook game called Mafia Wars for a while last year. I gave that game up before the others in my horrible addiction. The reason I could let that one go was that I finally started really paying attention to the ‘tasks’ that were required to get from level to level. They were AWFUL. Kidnapping, murder, theft on massive scales. All in the name of fun and diversion. Why on earth was I even participating?!
Our kids are so susceptible to outside influences. There is more information out there and easily available than ever before. We owe it to our kids to limit some of the rubbish that enters their lives. These things cannot be un-heard or un-seen. A great deal of the information is simply too much for children to handle. Someone once described information as a suitcase you have to carry with you. No more than we would give a child the giant Samsonite, should we burden them with information on topics they are not equipped to process.
Whether it is a computer, a fuel tank, a body or a mind, the same principal applies: Garbage In, Garbage Out. As parents we must lead by example. Our children will model whatever we do. We owe it to our children to feed them as best we can. Their health and happiness depends on it.