Lilla is black and white. That is how she sees the world. It makes her a rule follower, sometimes to a fault, but it’s also very positive. For instance, when she was very little I told her the fireplace is dangerous. She’s never, not once, touched it. She’s almost four. Her 11 month old sister won’t stop touching it.
Tonight I was putting her to bed and she was discussing with me why we need to help poor children. “They sleep on the street,” she said. I said, “Yes, some do.” She then asked who was going to help them get a home. I told her that maybe the government or churches or strangers, like us. She replied, “Well, you can’t talk to a stranger.”
She’s black and white.
So months ago when I told her that we shouldn’t be watching Spongebob because he says some not nice things (i.e. idiot, stupid…) she has really taken it to heart. To a point of, if she sees it come on tv she puts her head down in the couch and tells me I need to change the channel. Yeah, she might be a little extreme, but it’s part of her black and white nature.
I started thinking about this though and how I told her he says unkind things and also how she is trying to protect herself from that. Even to the extent of burying her head into a couch so she can’t see it. That, my friends, is dedication to the cause.
Of course I had to then think of myself and how I should be doing that too. I should be turning my head at the slightest hint of unrighteousness. Even to the extent of what Lilla does to turn and run from what I know is wrong. How often do I watch a program even though I know it has a history of using God’s name in vain, making sexual references like it’s just one big joke or just altogether being unGodly? How often do I listen to gossip, although I know I shouldn’t? How often do I read articles that often should make my face turn 4 shades of red? ALL. THE. TIME.
I couldn’t help but think of the childhood song, “O Be Careful little eyes what you see, o be careful little eyes what you see, for the Father up above is looking down with love, O be careful little eyes what you see.”
I think I’m going to practice a little more of that caution today.