I used to sing the song to my kids, “Oh, be careful little eyes what you see…” It would remind me every time I turned on the TV or radio that they were also ingesting whatever I was playing. It made me more sensitive to my choices.
We found out early on that some of our children would have nightmares from the simplest of cartoons – and end up in our room in the middle of the night! For their sake the rest didn’t even watch Scooby Do!
I remember neighborhood families mocking our older kids for “not being allowed” to do such-and-such 🙁 But that’s what family does! We sacrifice for the sake of the others; we love ’til it hurts sometimes.
Little did I understand that even my afternoon news show had stressed a particular child out… It was just too much sadness for them and I didn’t realize the weight involved until we decided to ditch cable (BEST decision ever) in 2014. Ugh.
All that to say, as parents, we discovered what smoothly sails past one – could cause another to stumble. And love says: I will bend to your need for peace at the expense of what I find entertaining.
It did not hurt any of us to turn off a movie, or TV show, or simply not bring that magazine into the house… while to do so hurt another. Too sensitive? I think not. I have my weak points as well. Did we love too much? Impossible.
God asks us to love God 1st and others next… to think on things above… to love mercy, act justly, walk humbly with Him… that temptation will come but woe to the one through whom it comes…
“…For the Father up above is looking down in love, so be careful little eyes what you see”
Help me remember this, LORD.