Fix My Eyes On Jesus!
"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, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author 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."
Lord, help me to fix my eyes, not on my circumstances, but on You. Practically speaking, I am learning to recognize where my eyes are focused. The reality of our blurred vision, becomes clear based on our reactions to particular circumstances. So it's always a good idea for me to "examine my selfie" to see just exactly where my "eyes" are fixed. How can I tell? It's a pretty simple test. Who are you blaming for your ________? What are you saying about them in your mind? How often does your mind think of them and how they are the root of your problem?
If you have a solid answer to these questions, then your eyes are on THEM. It's easier to find fault and cast blame on another human. That's our default mode. It's in our DNA. And actually, we can blame Adam and Eve for that fault. LOL. Because they started that response mode in the garden after their disobedience. But Good News! In Christ, we have a new nature and can learn to keep our eyes on Him as He matures us through various trials.
Keeping our eyes on Him for me means speaking Scripture (out loud or silently depending on my location). Also, listening to music that sings the Truth is incredibly helpful. And praying for God to fix my eyes on Him is imperative. We need divine intervention to stay the course.