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Larger Eye or Brain?

Buenos Dias - I am writing this from Mexico. Si, it is true.

As you my lovely readers know I love to travel so here I am. I have not been here long, a few days so perhaps more of my travel adventures will have to come later. For now you can picture me sitting by the pool, with my sun umbrella over me, book in hand and I am sorry, probably not thinking about writing.

But I did remember to write you a blog for today before I left.

Here is the blog starter I chose for today: An ostrich’s eye is bigger than it’s brain.

I know, I know, you are thinking to yourself that I might have been out in the sun for much too long already. But bear with me, I saw an blog here.

Do I want larger eyes or a larger brain?

If I have a larger brain, it causes me to think about a lot of things, to study, to plan, to be strategic but it might not cause me to live differently.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, - hopefully the one below helps you feel compassion and concern for our oceans.

Plastic pollution in the ocean

If I have larger eyes - they are open more to the world around me, I see the needs, the beauty and the people around me. Hopefully it makes me more compassionate, more loving, more concerned. It would be a true shame to have bigger eyes and see, but not do anything about it.

The Bible gives us a story in Matthew 25:35-40 that Jesus shared and I think it is totally about “eyes”. When you read it the “I” in the story is Jesus.

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”

You see if we had known the sick, the stranger was actually the King (Jesus), we would have brought out the silver and the good china. Jesus is saying, where you “see” a need and go and meet it by helping one of God’s creation, other people, or the planet, and by doing so, we have served God as well.

Now do you see? I would much rather have bigger eyes to “see” than a larger brain, because it does not take much thinking to tell yourself to just go do what your eyes see.

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