Hot Body. Dead Eyes.

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LA VeniceAt the end of a recent trip to Southern California, my wife and I took the scenic route on our way to LAX for our flight home. On the way, we stopped in Venice Beach to get a cup of java at the local Starbucks. The place was packed. I hate to stereotype people, but most of the individuals in line fit the bill of California weird. Like a prom queen in a biker bar, I felt out of sorts in this strange place.

Two women immediately caught my attention. One black, the other white, both in their twenties, and both beautiful. Apparently, they were friends or co-workers. If it bothers you that I noticed they were attractive, then you don’t know men. We notice. That doesn’t mean I lusted or had any evil thoughts about them (I didn’t), but the way these two were barely dressed made everyone notice, both men and women.

We only shared a spot in line for about five minutes, but those two will share a place in my heart for a long time. And it’s not because they were gorgeous; it’s because they seemed so lost.

They had hot bodies but dead eyes.

Despite their attractiveness and attire, what struck me most was the hopelessness in their eyes. Everything about them said, “I’m beautiful and happy,” but the eyes never lie, and their eyes were empty and dead.

It’s been said, “The eyes are the window to the soul.” In fact, scientists have discovered that patterns in the iris can give an indication of whether we are warm and trusting or neurotic and impulsive. Simply put, our eyes tell all.

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This idea of our eyes being a window into our soul probably stems from what Jesus said in Luke 11:34 (NLV), “The eye is the light of the body. When your eye is good, your whole body is full of light. When your eye is sinful, your whole body is full of darkness.”

A life filled with spiritual darkness, versus a godly life, is reflected in the eyes. In fact, when a person is filled with the light of God, it affects his or her entire being. Conversely, a broken life of moral decadence is also seen in the eyes.

Don’t misunderstand my point, I’m not judging these women or claiming to truly know anything about their lives, but this is one of those times where a picture really is worth a thousand words. And the image of these two still haunts me.

All around us are people who look pretty on the outside, but they are desperate for hope, freedom, joy, and real life. In fact, sometimes the ones who look the best are hurting the worst.

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So what?

As I got back in my car and drove away from Venice Beach, I prayed, “Jesus, let me see people the way You see them. Once again, break my heart with the things that break Your heart.”

For the next five or six hours, I was surrounded by large crowds of people in the airport and on the plane, and the thousands of empty eyes everywhere overwhelmed me. It literally hurt. Now, more than ever, I want to be a light in the midst of the darkness that cries out: There is hope; His name is Jesus.

May I pray for you?

“Father, give us ears to hear and eyes to see. Give us your heart for the billions lost in darkness. Driven by compassion, as Jesus was, give us boldness to be beacons of grace to a world bound by darkness. Amen.”

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14 Responses to Hot Body. Dead Eyes.

  1. I thank you Kurt for this it was very eloquently put. I myself have seen these dead eyes in so many from family members to the average Joe on the street and even for a long while without knowing it even in myself. What saddens me most is seeing it in the eyes of children that lost hope, that have lost it, that silently cry for help because they are lost. I take comfort in knowing that God has a plan and that those who follow him those with the holy spirit thriving with in them are perhaps just what those people need who have lost their way to help them find it again to live again. Again thank you and God Bless

  2. Like Kolae said above, it hurts the most when it’s kids/teens that have already lost hope.

    I find we are often more concerned with our comforts than caring for the most important things for those surrounding us on a daily basis…whether co-workers, the lady at starbucks, and even more shamefully our friends and family.

  3. WONDERFUL POST!!! I have always loved the way you think and your heart for our Lord. This last years prayer theme for my life has been for God to lend me his eyes, ears, and heart so I can see those around me the way He does-thus, breaking my heart for what breaks His.

    Such wisdom flows from your heart pastor Kurt! Thanks for being exactly who you are in Him. I am always encouraged and inspired to ‘raise the bar’ in my relationship with God and with those around me.

    May God continue to bless your family as you continue to follow Him 🙂

    • Thank you, Kathy. Appreciate your encouragement. Keep praying with me for more of His heart… You are loved.

  4. Just wanted to share something encouraging. I heard That Central Valley School district. Is negotiating and trying to buy the Old Yokes next to Eastpoint church to change it into an Alternative school to replace the Barker Center currently on Broadway between McDonald and Evergreen and moving it to Sprague and Progress. I find this encouraging because I was a Juvenile Probation Officer for 20 years. We have to be an example to our kids. Who was the greatest example of what a father should be God he was such a great example that his son was willing to die for him and for us. The only way we can come to god is through Jesus. So how do we get our children to Jesus? Jesus was our last chance. Then god was so loving that he gave us 2014 years after his death to get it together and we still have not done that. We destroyed his trust by not listening to his word in the garden about what would hurt us and listened to the devil. Then we lied about it and blamed each other. So we were cast out of a beautiful garden that meant our every need. We further disappointed him by not teaching our children to follow his word and one child murdered the other. We did not listen to any of his prophets or his 10 simple rules. Has anything changed? Nope!! We are all still worshiping idols the internet our phone our cars our money our homes. We have destroyed our air, our water our animals our plants our land atmosphere and every beautiful thing he has given us we are still spoiled brats. We are still murdering our brothers,sister and arguing about which child or church is better. We all still have specks and logs in our eyes. Jesus died for us all and we still deny him. We have not learned a thing from history or the Bible. We all deserve death. If we don’t learn from history we are doomed to repeat it. We are all sinners and all his children. What did Jesus do forgive, forgive,Love,love unconditionally. He’s an innocent and we abort him and crucify him every day Yet we still are breathing for now. As god said even his son will not know the end of days.So everyday love Jesus and each other and follow his commandments and crack open his book because it will apply for all times and all ages. As he will come like a thief in the night. So help those children in that alternative school and their families and help our own children and ourselves to know god and Jesus and his word. What so ever you do for the least of my brothers or sisters that you do onto me. Give them Jesus,food,shelter and clothing because we are all bankrupt in Spirit and in everything else from East to West from north to south on In all ages all churches and all classes from the rich to the poor and we are all his children. God already said this a 7 Billion times.

    • I’d heard this news and I’m excited too! In fact, we heard yesterday that CV School District has purchased this property! Thanks for sharing your heart, Tina, and thanks for doing what you do for the youth of our city. You are loved.

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