I remember seeing them on horses. They are nothing more than a pair of leather flaps that attach to the horse’s bridle — blinders. Although they are tiny in relation to the size of the horse, they serve a very important function.
No more distractions
Blinders help the horse focus on what is in front of it, eliminating things in the horse’s peripheral vision that might cause it to become distracted.
Growing up in Michigan, my family and I had the opportunity to travel to Mackinac Island several times. To this day, bicycles and horses provide the only transportation on the island.
On every street it’s common to see horse-drawn carriages ambling by, with care-free passengers waving a greeting. Every horse on the island wears blinders.
A plan for protection
Although it may seem unnecessary and even a bit cruel for owners to put blinders on their horses, the small flaps protect the horses. If the horse is only able to see the road straight ahead, it won’t wander from the path into possible danger.
The same is true for us.
Stay on the path
God’s word provides spiritual blinders, or guidance that will help us stay on the path He’s prepared for us, preventing us from being distracted by things that are potentially harmful (click to tweet).
King Solomon penned wise advice:
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23
It’s important to guard our hearts. The things we look at, and the things we hear have a tremendous influence on what we say and do (click to tweet).
We can’t live our lives with our eyes closed and our ears plugged. So how do we put on spiritual blinders?
We can establish some boundaries in our lives that reflect the principles of God’s Word.
- Carefully think through what we’ll allow ourselves to see, hear, and do
- Determine how we’ll react in challenging situations
Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, David penned scripture that can help us. He prayed for God’s help to walk in such a way, that he’d be blameless:
I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person. Whoso privily slandereth his neighbor, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer. Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me. Psalm 101:3-6
We have the opportunity to make choices as well:
- What will we allow ourselves to look at?
- What will we listen to?
- What will we decide to act on?
David decided to avoid looking at wicked things. He removed himself from those who gossiped. He chose to hang around with those who were godly and even hired them as his servants.
If we set up godly boundaries in these areas of our lives, we’ll have a much better chance of staying on the right path and avoiding situations that cause us to be distracted. With God’s help we can succeed:
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57
Are you willing to wear spiritual blinders? What step will you take to establish boundaries in your life today?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the examples you use to teach me your truths, and for reminding me of the importance of putting on spiritual blinders. Help me see where I need to set boundaries in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen
Maria I. Morgan is passionate about sharing the truths of God’s Word with today’s generation. Originally an inspirational author and speaker for adults, Maria has widened her circle to include kids. She lives in the muggy South with her husband, two retrievers, and two Maine coon kitties – the perfect mix to fuel her creativity for years to come!