Where is your mind riveted, heart set, and mind directed?
You see where our focus lies is very
Focus = "a center of activity, attraction, or attention, a point of concentration, directed attention."
You were created to have Jesus as your focus.
When we lift the eyes of our heart to Jesus, our perspective changes - because Jesus changes everything.
Putting our focus on Jesus shows that we know that:
~ He is our only hope.
~ He alone can satisfy.
~ He is worthy of our trust and all that we are.
Listen to this amazing promise:
"Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed." Psalm 34:5
Oh, friend, can you relate with me?
When I lift the eyes of my heart to Jesus - peace washes my soul, fulfillment floods my heart, and security fortifies my spirit.
This is the beautiful thing:
When our eyes are on Jesus, the rest of our life is colored by the reality of all that He is.
As I walk through my day focused on Jesus and I face an overwhelming situation, I know that He is my help. If I face weakness, He is my strength. If I face pain, He is my comfort. If I experience joy, He is my song.
I want to live a life that is riveted on Jesus, don't you?
I long for our life's cry to be "...our eyes are on You."2 Chronicles 20:11
If you are like me, you can get distracted. It is so easy to get our eyes on ourselves, circumstances, people, things... But these things are fleeting, empty, and can never deliver the satisfaction that only Jesus can bring.
I love how Jesus in His love will not allow our focus to drift for long. He kindly brings reminders - whether in the form of joys or trials - that lift our eyes to Him. As we regain our focus, His peace washes us once again.
We need to have our eyes fixed on Jesus in all of the seasons of life - because we need Him all of our life.
What are some ways we can fix our eyes on Jesus?
~ Choosing in our heart to direct our mind to Him.
~ Praying and asking for His help.
~ Being in the Word.
~ Memorizing and meditating on Scripture.
~ Journaling about His faithfulness.
~ Gathering with friends who love Him.
~ Having reminders of His love.
~ and so many more!
The beauty of having our focus on Jesus has been powerfully real for me the past couple of weeks in different areas. When my focus has been on other things, I found lack of peace. But, when my eyes have been on Jesus, and considering those things with Him and in light of Him, there is inexpressible peace.
Jesus invites, calls, and equips us to live with Him as our focus, friend.
As He is our focus, our hope is never disappointed, our heart is fulfilled, our perspective is transformed, and our lives are lived differently in light of all that He is.
There is no time like this very second to lift our eyes to Jesus and find the transforming fulfillment of having Him as our focus!
Where is your focus today, friend?
May it be Jesus.
"...let us run with endurance the race before us, looking to Jesus..." Hebrews 12:1-2
Look to Jesus, friend. You will find that He is all that you need. I am looking with you.
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I love this reality: When you step into a new year, you step into it with Jesus. This reality changes everything. Jesus changes everything. Jesus is everything you need. Listen to His sweet promises for those who are His: “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Heb. 13:5) "I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matt. 28:20) Jesus is with you, friend. He goes with you, before you, and within you. In Him you have an: All sufficient Savior Faithful Shepherd Truest Friend Unfaltering Guide Ever present Help Unfailing Love Reigning King and so much more! He is: your only hope all you need with you for you working all things for your good giving what you truly need going to keep you to the end He will be with you every step of the way. The Jesus you have known in the past will be the same in this coming year - "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." (Heb. 13:8) - and each step offers the opportunity to discover so much more of Who He is!
What a beautiful reality!
Yes, you can step into this new year - and each new day of the rest of your life - with joy, because you step in with Jesus.