Friday, January 27, 2012

Looking Differently

Hebrews 12:2 (NASB)
Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith…

Hebrews 12: 2 (AMP)
Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]…

I remember clearly what could have been a defining moment for me:

David, a dear friend, leaned against the door frame of where I was staying, and paused. His voice was serious, his eyes intense. With his kind voice he said, “Sheryl, you know the song that starts with: ‘Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full into His wonderful face?’ I think you need to try that.” And he was right.

But I didn’t heed his advice that day.

David knew me well. He knew that although I had a deep love for God, I wasn’t focused on Him and His will for me. I was distracted with other desires including seeking attention, being popular and entertaining. I chose to pursue other things more aggressively than God.

Unfortunately, I didn’t recall David’s words until decades later. By then I wished I could go back to that moment and follow his suggestion. Of course that wasn’t possible.

But as of today, I give Him my full devotion.

As I continue my January goal of showing my husband, Bert, more respect, I will do so by fixing my eyes on Jesus: His love, His ways, His mercy, His greatness and power (His ability to change me) – and especially on His love for Bert.

Each time I’m tempted to focus on Bert’s imperfections, I’ll go to the Source of my faith and ask God to bring me another step towards maturity. I want to envision His loving face encouraging me to step closer into my relationship with my husband – and with Him. And I want to envision Him calling Bert closer as well – to me and to Him.

If I have to, I’ll print this post to remind me! Where would I be today in my marriage (and my Christian walk) if I had heeded David’s advice those many years ago?

With God’s help, I think I can do this. What about you?

Will you join me?

• How different would our Christian walk be if we merely fixed our eye on Jesus all the time?

• How much grief and suffering could we bypass if we looked away from all our distractions and looked to Jesus instead? How would it affect our relationships?

• Are you going to set a new goal for February or do you need to spend more time on your current one?

2 comments:

  1. This touch home for me, there was years I kept my eyes on things and the people who had caused me so much pain. It was a process but I needed inner peace from within, so I have to keep my eyes on Jesus, and not the things and people who are around me. Now, I focus on the task God has for me and I dedicate my all in it because I know he will keep me in perfect peace.

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  2. Angela, you and me both! But sometimes, isn't it easier said than done? Let's pray for each other - a lot! And please keep in touch.

    I appreciate your candor and eloquence.

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