by Sandy Kirby Quandt
There have been times when troubles surrounded me and the only thing I did was concentrate on the problems.
Has that ever happened to you?
Looking back on those times, one thing I see is when I allowed my problems and stresses to be my only focus, they became larger than they truly were. I can say that now because like they say, hindsight is 20-20, but I need to learn this truth for the next time.
And I’m sure as long as I have breath, there will be a next time.
When we are surrounded by doom and gloom I’m learning we need to focus our eyes on other things. Notice I said learning, not learned.
Specifically, we need to turn our focus, our gaze, onto the One who can help us. Jesus.
If we concentrate solely on our awful circumstances we give them permission to steal all our joy. Then all we see is hopelessness and defeat. We’ve given our situation power to control us.
I’m not saying we go all Pollyanna and deny there are problems. I’m not saying to pretend our life is trouble-free. That would be dishonest. I’m saying how about we quit giving our problems the right to rule over us and define us?
Oh. You know. San-dy. She’s the one with the prob-lem …
That’s not how I want people to think of me. Is it how you want them to think of you?
Do you want to be defined by your problems? I don’t.
Remember. Any problem we encounter can change. God is in control, after all.
We needn’t act as if we don’t have problems. But we do need to keep our eyes on our Sustainer and Victor. Jesus Christ. King of Kings and LORD of Lords. The one capable of getting us safely on the other side of our problems.
How do you keep your eyes on Jesus during the storms of life?
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Keep your eyes on Jesus, our leader and instructor. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterwards; and now he sits in the place of honor by the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2 (TLB)
I wish you well.
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