Careful Little Eyes

We were guarded growing up on the music we were allowed to listen to. If my dad wasn’t listening to talk radio, he had the station on oldies or country; but somewhere in time we began to listen to Christian radio as a family. So the 90’s for me weren’t filled with Nirvana and the likes; they were filled with dc talk, the Newsboys, The Waiting, Audio Adrenaline, and Delirious.

Don’t get me wrong, I could still hold my own in a 90’s music trivia session. In fact, I was at a “party” recently where pandora was set to 90’s radio; and I was able to name the majority of the bands played. I’m kind of rambling and my useless trivia knowledge isn’t where I want to spend my focus today.

In 1996, a group of guys from Atlanta, GA got together to form one of my very favorite bands by the name of Smalltown Poets. Their music is great but it’s nothing that is groundbreaking or life changing; their lyrics though, are thought provoking and give you something to chew on.

I was thinking about one of their songs today, and wanted to share those thoughts with you. On their first release, which was self-titled, there was a song called “Everything I Hate.” The song is based on Paul’s words in Romans 7.

For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. (Romans 7:15)

The main lyrics to the song that were going on over and over in my head were as follows.

“Careful little eyes what you see
Careful little feet where you go.”

There are so many things out there these days that wish to capture our gaze. So many paths that wish to have the soles of our steps. There are so many things that wish to draw our attention and distract from what is truly worthy of it. I’ve been appalled by what I’ve realized my eyes have been seeing. I’ve been saddened by the places I’ve let my feet journey. There are so many seemingly innocent things we let ourselves be distracted by until ultimately we compromise things we never would have dreamed.

Give me your heart, my son,
And let your eyes delight in my ways. (Proverbs 23:26)

There’s a reason why verses like the above and like Philippians 4:8 have been given to us. The Father doesn’t want to limit what we can experience; He wants us to be protected from the harm that comes when we give into these things.  His desire is to see us follow after the things that are of Him, the things that are from above; It is in this that we then experience exceedingly abundantly above all that we could ask or think.

“Careful little eyes what you see;
Careful little feet where you go.”

6 Responses to “Careful Little Eyes”

  1. We so need to guard our gaze bro’! That song is a great encouragement and reminder. Thanks Bro’

  2. Dara says:

    That really meant a lot to me. Especially with what’s been troubling me and what my heart breaks for. These are very wise words that people should take more literally especially in the times we live in.

    • philip says:

      Thanks Dara, there’s so much valuable out there; but we certainly have to guard our hearts and focus on the right things

  3. Love is restraining. The world tries to tell us otherwise, but it’s true. When I make a commitment (like I did with my wife), I said these are the boundaries. The deeper the love, the greater the restraints, but also the greater the freedom because it’s pure and it’s good. I don’t have to fear because there is mutual understanding. Anyway, good thoughts! Thanks Philip.