Have you ever watched a little kid learning to ride a bike? Have you noticed that where their vision goes, thus goes the bike? There have been multiple crashes in our household due to this tendency.
What about a teenager learning to drive a car? “Look farther ahead!!” is something I often am heard saying when instructing my teen in this endeavor. For some reason, it is the natural thing to look 5 feet in front of the car instead of as far in the distance as can be seen. The result is often erratic driving-the culmination of many knee-jerk reactions to immediate,impending problems on the road-instead of cool, calm responses to distant adjustments needed for the road ahead.
It is the same way in life. What we keep our eyes on effects our choices and the
direction we take. Hebrews 11:27 gives us a picture of this same thing going on in the life of Moses. “It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt. He was not afraid of the king. Moses kept right on going because he KEPT HIS EYES on the one who is invisible.” Though he was being chased down by those who wanted to take his life, he kept His focus on the One who had called him.
Who (or what) am I keeping my eyes on? Who (or what) are you keeping your eyes on? Will we keep our eyes on what is chasing us (which is usually driven by fear)? Or will we keep our eyes on Who is calling us (where we are usually being beckoned by love)?
Let’s be like the heroes of faith! “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down...let us run with endurance the race that God has set...
We do this by KEEPING OUR EYES ON JESUS on whom our faith depends from start to ﬁnish...” Hebrews 12:1-2
Let’s adjust our focus today to only keep in view that which we truly want to pursue!
Let’s pursue and respond to His Love that beckons and not react to the fear which
Shanda Harris is a lover of Jesus, dedicated wife, mother of 6 and the Women's Pastor at Epikos Church in Bend, Oregon.