Fix your eyes on Jesus!
What have you been doing? What has your summer turned into so far? Does it still look like your summer can be used to get things done? Or even take that extra time to relax? I hope that you have found some time to decompress after a long semester. It has gotten to be a stressful semester for me as well even as a campus minister to a small state school! I even found myself staring at one of my daughter’s cups with a Disney Princess on it, lost in a trance. I looked longer and noticed it was one of the ones that has a picture on it but if you turn it a certain way it shows a different picture. I thought, I probably never would have noticed the second picture if I didn’t slow down enough to just stare at this cup. Then I gathered myself as my daughter started yelling at me to get her milk and stop looking at the Disney Princess!
A lot of times we can look at our lives right now and see that we are stressed, over-worked, and bent out of shape over different things going on. Perspective can change a situation in an instant and sometimes it is good to look at our situations from a different perspective. Just like looking at the cup and seeing the second picture, we need to slow down enough and see our lives, how we are doing things, how God sees the things that we are doing.
I don’t know exactly where you are in your spiritual life but as you are going through life and seem stressed, look to Christ in everything. He is faithful to be in everything in our lives and work through everything that we go through.
Just look where all the faithful people of the Old testament looked (Hebrews 11). They were found faithful by looking to God in their time of need, want, or hurt. Then in chapter 12:1-2 of Hebrews, God tells us, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” He is who we look to, so we can get that new perspective. Don’t let life get you down just because you are in a “low spot of your life”. Look to the one who is the Author or founder of our faith! God is good, and I hope you see that in your life today!