Janice Boekhoff
 

Amazing Eyes

170299448_58cd484b32_mOur eyes are nothing short of amazing, astounding and awesome. Here are some facts about your eyes you might not have known:

  • Computer usage won’t damage your eyes. According to the American Academy of Opthamology, the feeling you have of eyestrain after using a computer has more to do with dry eyes than with actual strain. While using a computer, most people blink less often than normal, causing their eyes to dry out.
  • It’s very rare, but two blue-eyed parents can produce a brown-eyed kid and two brown-eyed parents can produce a blue-eyed kid.
  • Your eyes are not full size at birth. This one was a surprise even to me. At birth your eyes are approximately 16 millimeters wide and they grow to 23 millimeters by age three. They will be full grown at about 24 millimeters wide by the time you hit puberty—a size that is slightly smaller than a gumball.
  • The length of your eye determines what type of eyesight you have. Nearsighted people have longer eyeballs, while farsighted people have shorter ones. Even a change as small as a millimeter will change the prescription for your eyes.
  • Having 20/20 vision isn’t the same as having “perfect” vision. What it means is that you can see at 20 feet what an average person can see at 20 feet. The best recorded vision was about 20/10, meaning what most people can see at 10 feet, this person could see at 20 feet.
  • The visual center of your brain (the occipital lobe) is actually located in the back of your head. If you fall hard and hit the back of your head, it’s possible to go temporarily blind as a result.

How did our amazing eyes form? To fit the timeline of evolution, many evolutionists subscribe to the theory that eyes evolved spontaneously multiple times. This is the only way to account for the development of the eye in many different and divergent branches of the evolutionary tree.

But this isn’t a theory that makes much sense. The eye is only useful as a complete structure. What evolutionary advantage would non-functional parts have to cause them to evolve once, much less multiple times?

What makes more sense is that the eye is an awe-inspiring structure that speaks to the beautiful design of our creator.

References: http://kidshealth.org/parent/general/eyes/vision_facts_myths.html, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/20/eye-facts_n_4441884.html

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Devotion

In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.

Hebrews 5:12-14

I watched a TV show the other night where this guy took on a challenge to get a date from any girl using only baby talk. You can probably guess he didn’t have any luck at all. A grown man talking like a baby wasn’t attractive.

And yet, when my youngest daughter says “nola bar” for granola bar, I think it’s the cutest thing in the world. Why? Because she isn’t supposed to know better. She isn’t mature.

When we examine ourselves, can we say we are spiritually mature? After accepting the amazing gift of salvation, our spiritual work isn’t done. God wants us to grow and mature in our faith. The author of Hebrews makes this point in the verse above.

Maybe you’re a new Christian and you’re exactly where you need to be. But if you’ve been a Christian for a while, God has a plan to help you grow. This could mean getting involved in Bible Study, Mens/Womens groups, Journey groups or even starting a daily time with God. It doesn’t matter where you start from, just move toward Him.

Dear Lord, thank you for the way you have made us to need You. Help us to stretch our spiritual wings and soar. Keep us growing, keep us humble and above all keep us focused on You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

The Science of Generosity

dreamstime_s_33068655The Bible says to love others as you would love yourself (Matthew 22:39). I don’t know about you, but I treat myself pretty well. If I work hard, I get a Starbucks coffee. When I’ve got a function coming up, I get a new dress. But am I as generous with others as I am with myself?

I usually try to be and when I am generous with others, it makes my day so much happier. From experience, most people know the joy that comes from being generous and claim it as a life principle, often without realizing God told us to live that way.

And guess what? Scientists have started to look into the neuromechanics (did I just make up a word?) of generosity. Recent research has linked the good feeling that comes when we’re generous to a chemical in our brain called oxytocin—the so-called love hormone. Turns out our brains are flooded with this chemical when we give to people generously, which is partly why giving feels so good.

Some people might say this is an evolved trait that came when we realized that we could live longer lives if we cooperated in community. But I don’t buy it. Those who look out for themselves alone usually get along just fine in the world and sometimes they prosper. I can’t see any selective advantage to generosity. In fact, the tendency to give away more than you must should be a negative selection factor because it leaves you with fewer resources to survive. Plus, if you help everyone else survive, then you have more competition for limited resources.

No, this reward for generosity didn’t come from evolution. The oxytocin is a gift from God to encourage us to follow His word. Proving once again, God’s ways are the best ways to live.

 

References: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/275795.php, https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-moral-molecule/200911/the-science-generosity

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Devotion

He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.

Proverbs 13:20

Who are you walking with? Are your closest friends walking down a spiritual path?

We are called to be a light to those who don’t believe in Jesus. Some people think this means we should walk with unbelievers to show them we care.

I agree, to a point. Of course we should show everyone Jesus’ love, but we cannot tread down a path of unrighteousness and stay pure before God.

While we must not condemn unbelievers for what they do, we also cannot condone sinful behavior. If we’re walking with God, then we will be strong enough to come beside them, turn them gently and guide them in a different path.

Dear Lord, give us your love for those who don’t know you. Help us to look past their behavior and into their souls. And give us the strength to turn them to You and away from sin without falling into sin ourselves. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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