9/28/16 at 07:16 PM 0 Comments

Gazing Upward (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 30)

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Psalm 25:15 (NLT)
My eyes are always on the Lord, for he rescues me from the traps of my enemies.

Have you ever tried to play double dutch with friends in perfect straight sets? It looks fun and simple, but it’s not as easy as you might think. When attempting to play double dutch, most people keep their eyes on their feet only. Instead, one should focus on the direction of the rope and trust your feet to sync to the rhythm of the rope. Whenever someone faces this challenge with their eyes down, you can be sure that sooner or later they will get entangled in the ropes.

When you’re only looking at what is below you, you have no idea of the possibilities in front of you. Your attitude and focus are completely self-centered which makes for a very narrow view, if any view at all. Your perspective is shallow because you can’t see the bigger picture. You trip up and make mistakes because you can’t envision a larger landscape.

Instead of looking down at your feet, look up to what is ahead of you. Find a target and focus on it until you reach it. If you focus on something other than yourself, the path before you will be clearer and you will avoid becoming entangled in foolishness. Lock your focus on something that supersedes your greatest desires in life.

If we choose to walk through life focusing on ourselves, we will ultimately fail. We take ourselves off course if we don’t have the big picture in full view. But when we turn our eyes from looking inward, downward, and around us, we can believe that the path before us is in God’s perfect will. We can trust God to guide us each and every step of the way. Set your eyes on Jesus, trust Him to lead you along life’s journey, and continue to look upward so your faith will be strengthened and your journey worth the effort.

“The only expenditure, and all its outworkings, for which God can be held to be responsible is that which He directs.”
— Amy Carmichael

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