Let us fix our eyes on Jesus,
the author and perfecter of our faith,
who for the joy set before him endured the cross,
scorning its shame,
and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:2 NIV*
There will come a day when we will be in the presence of our God Almighty in Heaven itself. That is the glorious end of the race. Please be encouraged, my friend, to keep that in focus and in view at all times while you are running.
As we tip-toe, walk or run through the day, let’s keep our eyes on the One who wrote our faith into being and is the One who will perfect us as we run, bringing ultimate perfection in Heaven.
Lately we have been saying goodbye to many of our close military friends who are moving off-island. In fact, the children and I hiked our last hike with one sweet family just this week and will be spending the day at the beach with another wonderful family today. The goodbyes are necessary in the military world, yet bittersweet.
It’s not the same as enduring the cross by any means, but it is a trial of sorts nonetheless. It brings about sadness and a sense of being left behind if remaining unchecked. It brought tears to my eyes!
These emotions are real, yet can easily run out of control if we take our eyes off Jesus. It’s really easy to go to the land of “woe is me” and sadness/despair.
However, when we run with our eyes fixed on Jesus, we focus on the opportunity to pray for these families and encourage them. Our eyes focus on the blessing of having them in our lives due to the Author’s write-in. We shout our praise to Him for this encounter with such lovely people, and we reach out in whatever means they need during their last days on-island. And, deep down, it’s truly known, because He has placed the knowledge there, that we will never be truly apart. We can share email, letters, phone calls and the likes, and we’ll certainly share Heaven one day.
Indeed, the world is a brighter place when we fix our eyes on Jesus. May I gently nudge your chin for today’s trials in hopes that your eyes will focus straight ahead, on the race set before you and on the One who can see you past ANYTHING? When we take our eyes off the problem, the situation, the sin, etc. and place them on Jesus, vision becomes clear. The race in front of us is clear, and eternity comes into focus and we balance all decisions upon it.
All glory to His name, the glorious name of Jesus!
Be encouraged this week to run like you’ve never run before, with a focus so keen that you will not be deterred.