«But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord» (2 Corinthians 3:18).
During the 1960s, the Canadian psychologist Albert Bandura conducted a series of experiments at the University of Stanford with preschool children who were exposed to violent scenes. Some of the children were shown a real person who was physically and verbally abusing a set of toys, among which was a big rubber doll. Another group of children saw a video recording of the same person having the same a essive behavior. The third group saw the same scenes but in cartoons. Finally, ere was a fourth group of children who were not exposed to any scenes of violence. Afterward, each child came into a room with all kinds of toys, among which was the rubber doll. As expected, only the children from the first three groups displayed aggressive behavior by recreating the images they had seen. These studies offered some of the first proofs which highlighted that perception of aggressive behaviors actually enhanced and not inhibited them as was previously believed.
This is a principle that governs our mind: what we see changes our way of being. What we regard and admire gets to be imitated even if we do not realize it. For example, the young people that admire a famous singer, an athlete or a movie actor begin to acquire their gestures, attitudes, clothes or hairstyle.
Considering that every person has the ability to decide which things they admire and regard, they are also responsible for what they become. We can choose the result of our way of being when we set our eyes on things we admire.
By contemplating on Christ’s love, justice and mercy, we would be transformed in His image with the influence of the Holy Spirit. Rightfully the Bible mentions, «For the eyes of men . . . are on the Lord» (Zech. 9:1). God Himself urges each of them, saying, «Look to Me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other» (Isa. 45:22).