You Become What You Behold

This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “behold.”

It’s said that you become what you behold, and I think there’s a lot of truth in the saying.

As children, we learn from the examples around us – both good and bad. If we spend significant time with people, we tend to pick up certain habits or opinions from them even without realising.

It means it’s important to be intentional about what we behold because it makes a difference to our behaviour, our attitudes, even our character.

If we want to become more like Jesus, we need to behold him. We need to spend time with him and with those who set a good example of living for him.

As we look at the world around us, it’s easy to become disheartened. You don’t have to watch the news for long to realise that the world is a mess – so much suffering, deception, uncertainty and fear. But if we look to Jesus, it reminds us of the truth that even in the chaos of life he is sovereign, and he is with us through it all, guiding us and strengthening us.

“Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.” (Hebrews 12:1-2 NLT)

12 thoughts on “You Become What You Behold

  1. “Have a care with your eyes,”
    by wise men I am told,
    “to avoid a fell surprise
    when you become what you behold.
    Keep your gaze upon the Son,
    that in His likeness you will grow,
    and you will thus be the one
    that people yearn to know.”
    Well, now, that’s all well and good,
    but there’s something I see
    in the desert and the ‘hood
    that has effect on me,
    for what my vision catalogues
    and thus beholds are mostly dogs.

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  2. Lesley, this is so good this reminder to be intentional about what we behold. It’s too easy to be lax, to ease off … and all the time wandering around online does us no favors.

    A great reminder to create boundaries that keep us healthy … and looking upwards.

    Merry Christmas, my distant cousin!

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  3. Lesley, we need to be reminded that we become like that which we behold. May we keep our eyes steadfastly on Jesus, thus becoming more like Him – light in this dark world. Blessings!

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    1. Thanks, Joanne! Yes, we definitely need to spend time with Jesus and let his light shine through us to witness to those living in darkness. Blessings to you too!


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