I’m sure like me you’ve heard this saying:
“The eyes are the window to the soul.”
Now I don’t know who said it first and quite frankly don’t care. There’s been some effort to try to link it to some biblical passages but I think most of those are a bit of a stretch. Regardless of the saying’s origin, it came to mind today as I was walking across campus.
I have a tendency like many people to be so wrapped up in what I’m doing that I walk through crowds of people almost as if they don’t exist. I don’t acknowledge them, they don’t acknowledge me and we’re both good with that lack of relationship. Then it happens…eye contact. At that point, there’s no denying each other’s existence. It’s often somewhat uncomfortable for a variety of reasons. I just want to hit on one. The one that I was reminded of today.
There’s this idea that you can’t escape if you’re a follower of Jesus. It’s simple yet profound and Jesus spoke about it quite often. I think it’s best summed up in this way:
Everybody lives forever somewhere.
Everyone. Every set of eyes. Every person will spend eternity in one place or another. Again, a core belief as a Christian is that there’s only two choices: heaven or hell. Some people don’t like that. But that doesn’t make it any less true.
Maybe the eyes aren’t the window to the soul, but one thing is true for me and I think you’ll find it true as well. When I look into the eyes of someone and really SEE them I can’t deny that somewhere behind those eyes is a soul that will live forever.
Fix your eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2) and you’ll find that you look into the eyes of others differently.
Have any of you experienced this?