Spider Bites

Spider Bites
Spider Bites
by Bob Bekins
December 2019

My friend Frank was driving his car and saw a spider coming into his peripheral vision. As the spider and the web came down from the headliner, he opened the window hoping the spider would blow out. It did not.   Trying to get the spider out of the car, he accidentally crushed it and then the wind took it out the window. Not long after that, forgetting about what had happened, Frank rubbed his left eye when it itched. Within minutes, his eye began to swell and by the time he got to his destination he could not see out of it. He had unknowingly put the spider’s poison into his eye.

What we allow to go into our eyes can have a splendid or disastrous effect on our minds. At my age, when I consider that I have perhaps 10 years left to live, I am much more careful about the books that I choose to read.  The only magazines that hold any interest for me are those in the doctor’s office, which I briefly clutch for the smallest amount of time possible. It is almost symbolic that I feel the need to use hand sanitizer after I put them down. I am saying this as someone who has a dislike for germs and slanderous journalism, much of which finds its way onto and into print.

Images of magazine centerfolds from my college days and the blood in spaghetti westerns during that same time are all still in my mind. I don’t want them there, but I can’t get rid of them. My choice in television programs and movies now almost exclusively rules out ‘R’ rated content.   The Bible says to think about whatever is noble, pure, lovely, or admirable. Most TV shows and movies do not fit into that pattern.  Sarcastic criticism, gossip about other characters in the show, sexual content, violence, and horror seem to be what sells.  I am not buying; not in the market for that anymore.

Jesus had something to say about this in Matthew 6:22-23. “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light,  but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!”   King David also commented on this topic in Psalm 101:3-4   “I will not look with approval on anything that is vile. I hate what faithless people do; I will have no part in it.  The perverse of heart shall be far from me; I will have nothing to do with what is evil.”

Despite the poison around us, there is much beauty. I want to place my attention on magnificence. We really can choose what we wish to see. Movies by the Kendrick brothers like War Room, Courageous, Fireproof, and Overcomer view well and leave worthwhile images for the years ahead. Great books arouse one’s imagination and draw together splendid “visual” combinations to give a very personal sense of participation with what is read. The smiling faces of people who pour love into our lives – there is nothing better. We reject the selfy with the frowning faces and keep the ones that are pleasant.   There is a reason for that, and I am sure you understand exactly why.

FYI: Looking for a novel? Try this link https://stevelaube.com/ten-most-popular-works-of-christian-fiction/ also any book by C.S. Lewis.

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