What do you focus on?
So often I see only my problems, my faults, my limitations. My ego leads my thinking and behavior down wrong paths with a dimming flashlight. I focus on my circumstances, not my blessings.
I know the answer. The ironic solution lies in my life verse from Hebrews 12:2: “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.”
The old hymn, “Turn your Eyes upon Jesus” says it all:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus.
Look full in his wonderful face.
Did you realize the lady who wrote this wonderful hymn, Helen Howarth Lemmel was blind? She had much heartache in her life including being deserted by her husband when she lost her sight.
Lemmel could have focused on her losses, yet she spent her life in music including writing over 500 hymns. A woman without sight saw the vision of how to truly live: with eyes on Jesus.
Some call this spiritual practice – contemplative gazing – resting only within the arms of God. Not showering God with “gimme, gimme gimme” and only an occasional thanks, but quietly letting his spirit seep into our hearts.
I plan to try this practice this week. Join me. Find your favorite picture of Christ and just gaze at it prayfully for 5- 10 minutes. See where God invites you.