Anyone with children knows that the hardest part of giving them a bath (besides getting them still long enough to actually wash all the parts) is rinsing the hair. As my little girl's hair has grown longer, it takes more than just a pour or two of our bath pitcher to get all the soap out. "Hold your head back," I remind her. As long as she does that, turning her face up toward the ceiling, most of the water runs down her back instead of into her face. When she looks down again, more often than not she ends up complaining that soap is in her eyes.
I'm a lot like that, too. Not so much in rinsing out my hair, but in general. I forget that if I keep my head back, looking up toward God, I'm less likely to get sin in my life. When I lose focus and start looking around at other things more, that's when the bad stuff gets in my eyes and I need help getting it out again.
Maybe that's why Paul wrote in I Corinthians 4:18, "while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal." And the Hebrew reminded us in Hebrews 12:1-2, "Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."
Here's to holding our heads back ... and the bad stuff out of our eyes.
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