I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you.
I love music. I like walking through music sections, looking at the CDs. There is a young man who works in that section who has Down’s syndrome. This young man is filled with joy. One day, as I was leaving the parking lot, he was waiting for the bus. He had his headphones on, and he was dancing and singing at the top of his lungs. I witnessed pure joy from this young man. When I walk through his section, he comes over to me and always says, “Hey, big guy, do you need some help?” I do notice some people ignore him. Maybe they are looking at him with the eyes in their head. I see him with the eyes in my heart.
How many people do we know that we listen to and see only the words and actions they are using and only see through the eyes and ears in our heads? Paul says we have eyes in our hearts. What a beautiful way of expressing love to actually use them. We can use the eyes in our hearts to see what people are really saying, what they are really experiencing, and what they are really going through. Do we look for their pain, their joy, and their love?
I have been blessed with so many people in my life who have seen me with the eyes in their hearts. They ask how I am doing. I say, “Fine.” These people that see with the eyes of their hearts say, “You don’t look fine. Would you like to talk about it?” It is no coincidence that they encourage me or say just the right thing at the right time. They see what I need because they are using the eyes in their hearts.
What do we see when we look at the homeless, alcoholics, drug addicts, and people who brag, gossip, complain, yell, or use foul language? Do we simply get annoyed? Or do we see them through the eyes in our hearts? Do we see them as children of God crying out for love or attention? Do we see them, not the visual, but who they really are? Do we see them with the eyes in our hearts?
Paul prayed for the people of Ephesus, for the eyes of their hearts to be enlightened, to look at things differently, lovingly, spiritually, and the way God sees things. To stop, look, listen, and feel what people are saying and doing. Who are they really? We find this out by looking at them with the eyes in our hearts. We find out what people are going through. If we know, we may even be able to get rid of some old resentment if we look at them through our heart’s eyes.
Today, I challenge you to pay closer attention to everyone through the eyes of your heart. Your life will be enriched for it.