What are you looking at?
Sometimes when people stare at us, that question goes through our mind; other times it may come out of our mouth! Maybe we feel imperfect, unfit, not pretty or handsome enough to meet the standard, or just self-conscious. But the question would be better to ask ourselves rather than others. What are you looking at? Are you looking for approval from others? Maybe it’s to blend with the crowd so as not to be noticed. Are you comparing yourself so you can feel more superior to others? If our focus is on ourselves, then we miss out on what our focus is to really be on.
In his book Traveling Light, Pastor Max Lucado writes, “I’m a runner. More mornings than not I drag myself out of bed and onto the street. I don’t run fast. And compared to marathoners, I don’t run far. But I run. I run because I don’t like cardiologists. Since heart disease runs in our family, I run in our neighborhood. As the sun is rising, I am running. And as I am running, my body is groaning. It doesn’t want to cooperate. My knees hurt. My hip is stiff. My ankles complain. Sometimes a passerby laughs at my legs, and my ego hurts. Things hurt, and as things hurt, I’ve learned that I have three options. Go home, (my wife would laugh at me). Meditate on my hurts until I start imagining I’m having chest pains (Pleasant thought). Or I can keep running and watch the sun come up. My trail has just enough easterly bend to give me a front row seat for God’s morning miracle. If I watch God’s world go from dark to golden, guess what? The same happens to my attitude. The pain passes and the joints loosen, and before I know it, the run is half over and life ain’t half bad. Everything improves as I fix my eyes on the sun.”
Everything improves as we fix our eyes on the Son, the One who gives us life. The Prince of Peace. “Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith” Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV.
Who are you looking at might be the better question to ask. Today look to the One who knows you best and loves you most!
by Becky Brown