Be Careful…

Not sure why my paragraphs are running together but I apologize. In my editing, the spacing looks fine so I’m not too sure what has happened. Hope you can bear with it.

Do you remember this children’s song?
O be careful little eyes what you see
O be careful little eyes what you see
For the Father up above
is looking down in love
So, be careful little eyes what you see
O be careful little ears what you hear
O be careful little ears what you hear
For the Father up above
is looking down in love
So, be careful little ears what you hear
O be careful little tongue what you say
O be careful little tongue what you say
For the Father up above
is looking down in love
So, be careful little tongue what you say
O be careful little hands what you do
O be careful little hands what you do
For the Father up above
is looking down in love
So, be careful little hands what you do
O be careful little feet where you go
O be careful little feet where you go
For the Father up above
is looking down in love
So, be careful little feet where you go
O be careful little heart whom you trust
O be careful little heart whom you trust
For the Father up above
is looking down in love
So, be careful little heart whom you trust
O be careful little mind what you think
O be careful little mind what you think
For the Father up above
is looking down in love
So, be careful little mind what you think
I thought about shortening that up after the first stanza and just reminding us of the first line of each following but it felt better singing the whole thing so I left it all, not wanting to take that option away from my reader. ❤
I have little children so it hasn’t been that long since I last sang/heard that song but for some of us – it has probably been a while. You may or may not know that it is also in a Casting Crowns song that plays on the radio as well, Slow Fade. The song is a reminder that people never crumble in a day, it’s a slow fade. Isn’t that true?
The song is categorized as a children’s song, but no matter the age, the lyrics should be a reminder to us all. We are continually reminded throughout the Bible to be careful of what we allow into our lives. We have to be on our guard not to become desensitized to our Christian values/God’s standards by the world’s ideas.
It isn’t getting any easier. Surrounding us are demoralizing tv shows, music and movies, easily accessible pornography, increasing divorce rates, a corrupted government, and highly offended and opinionated social media users.
As humans, we are selfish. We can get distracted easily. We become exhausted and grasp a given chance for a ‘break’ as if it has been ‘earned or deserved’.  Personally, I fall into the desire to live carefreely. I do good for a while, staying on top of my goals for myself and my household, then without hardly realizing it – I desire for that carefree moment of no demands – physically, mentally or spiritually. It’s a slippery slope for me. Before I know it, I haven’t even prayed for days. What a terrible cycle!
What can we do to prevent this? What can I do to help stay aware of my day in and day out choices? How do we become self-less and yet, love ourselves at the same time? Is there even a balance to it all when this adulting thing is… hard. exhausting. monotonous.
Just to throw something in here: I wanted to google “adulting is”… to see what was the most common word to follow and surely it was the word, hard. Google had a couple of phrases for remedies for us too, like “Coffee… because adulting is hard” and, “Jesus… because adulting is hard”. I am on board with both of those! 🙂
So, Jesus… because adulting is hard. For an easy answer, that is how we can stay aware of what we are allowing into our lives. Another word for aware is mindful. Oh, how I love that word. It is and has been one of my ‘resolutions’ for the past couple of years. Intention and mindfulness. What a wonderful goal to have but I was reminded recently that just because we have knowledge doesn’t mean you are using it. You have to take action and if you’re not – then knowledge is simply information. Ouch!
‘Adulting’ is a silly phrase we use. It is turning the root word, adult (noun), into a verb taking the meaning to, to take action or behave responsibly.
As a Christian, we can take that noun and use it as a verb. Yes, we are given the gift of salvation by Christ’s love for us. No, we cannot earn our salvation. But we also cannot sit complacently once we have accepted Him as our Savior. We have to act in obedience. We become baptized washing away our sins. We put on the newness of Christ. We walk daily with Him. We change our lifestyles, habits, and attitudes so that we can spread the goodness to others.
With the world we live in, it may not be easy but it is necessary. It is necessary for our souls to live differently than the world. Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” For if we aren’t any different than the world, then we are of the world and the Father is not in us. 1 John 2:15 “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.”
With that reminder, taking action in what I do daily is important. That is why I have decided to find ways to help myself and maybe someone else who struggles with taking the convenient way out sometimes.
A quote that I love and think will help guide the next step is, “Watch your thoughts for they become words. Watch your words for they become actions. Watch your actions for they become habits. Watch your habits for they become your character. And watch your character for it becomes your destiny! What we think we become.”             – Margaret Thatcher
(Gandhi has a similar quote about keeping your thoughts positive. To me, both quotes seem similar to the song Be Careful Little Eyes, huh?) 🙂
In the next few weeks, I would like to compile some ideas and Biblical motivation to help us to be more careful about the things we allow into our lives. I want to help us find a balance to this hard adulting thing. Definitely with some Jesus, and maybe a little coffee too.

Will you join me? Did I mention anything that you may struggle with? What are some things that you do to help you pick up your cross daily? Share with me.

The series continues:

“O Be careful little eyes what you see”

O Be Careful Little Ears What You Hear

Oh, Be Careful Little Tongue

 

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  1. Great message Sis! As we continue to grow spiritually, the Lord continues to peel away layers exposing things that He wants to help us with. The spiritual awakening is real, and the Lord works in us, helping “all things to become new.” This message is proof positive to all of us, of many things that the Lord begins to reveal and make aware to us, BUT then He awakens desires in us, to see change, and He set us on His path to accomplish them. AND He gives us His strength to walk them out…

    “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation…2 Corinthians 5:17-19

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  2. We need to start/keep “Christianing.” 🙂 To answer your question, reading at least a couple Christian blog posts throughout the day–borrowing some time from FB/IG scrolling–helps me stay intentional and thinking about God/being Christlike.

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