What do you surround yourself with each day, each hour or minute? Does life look like an ending becoming a new beginning? Do you watch as the day turns into night and the cycle of many awakes becomes many sleeps? Does the sun remind you of all the possibilities that lie ahead and the moon becomes the lullaby that sings you to sleep? Does life greet you with joy or are the challenges consuming, stopping your forward movement?
We can look at our lives and point out all that is right or wrong with what we see, but we have the choice of deciding what lens to look through. Choices come at us at warp speed everyday and with them come the opportunities to make decisions to move us forward or hold us back.
[tweetthis]Looking through a God – lens gives us a perspective that points toward Heaven. @MaryGeisen #TheWeekendBrew[/tweetthis]
Love ~ This lens looks like give and take, compassion for others and the willingness to embrace others in our lives
Grace ~ The lens of grace allows us to give others “do overs” because God extends the same mercies to us each day
Humility ~ Our work, our accomplishments look secondary through this lens and we live to build into others
Servant’s Heart ~ This lens takes the focus off ourselves and instead permits us to see, help and reach out to others. We put others first as Jesus showed us during His time on Earth
Gratitude ~ Life greets you with praise and thanksgiving and looking through this lens convicts you to count your blessings as your worship to God
These lenses point to God and show us a perspective that points to Heaven. But life is is not just about the five lenses mentioned above. The world constantly pulls us away from right and instead turns us toward fear, uncertainty, anger, and self-righteousness.
But we have a choice – the world or God! We can choose our lens and trust that it provides clear vision and perspective as we live our life. We can choose refuge and redemption in God and surround ourselves with His grace, love, mercy and humility.
But let all who take refuge in you be glad;
let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may rejoice in you.
12 Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous;
you surround them with your favor as with a shield.
We can run our race with a perseverance that succeeds because we set our sights on Jesus in all we do. We can live in and with joy, knowing that God is the only lens we need.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
I am praying for all that in this journey called life, we learn where our strength, truth and joy lie and with this knowledge we are able to see clearly straight to Jesus, Our Savior.
Knowing that life is one of perspective, how do you see clearly in all you do? What other lenses do you choose to look through as you live your life?
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