“For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He holds success in store for the upright,
he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
for he guards the course of the just
and protects the way of his faithful ones.” –Proverbs 2:6-8
We live in a culture obsessed with outward everything. Selfies, snap chats, Instagram stories, and Facebook updates are all centered around one thing: ourselves. Lately I’ve been convicted of just how self-centered I can be, and I want to change that.
The issue is that the more I try to think less about myself, the more I end up thinking about myself trying to think less of myself! Are you as confused as I am at this point? ;P
So I came up with an alternative plan. Instead of trying to think about myself less, what if I focus on thinking about Jesus more?
Instead of focusing on my actions and how they compare to what everyone else is doing, what if I filter my gaze through the “What’s Jesus up to today?” category, looking for shimmers of his splendor in lieu of human applause and approval?
What if I come to Jesus bursting with awe at the fact that I’m literally in the presence of the LORD of the Universe and Savior who gave up everything he was and everything he had for a chance to spend eternity with me?
And instead of walking around campus/work/life with my eyeballs glued to my phone screen, what if I stopped and looked up at the clouds my King crafted? What if I silenced my brain and listened to the birds singing His praises and let the sun he conjured up shine on me?
Instead of seeing the annoying customer as a nuisance to laugh at when she leaves, maybe I would start to see her as a soul Jesus said is worth dying for who’s probably had a rough day.
Instead of letting jealousy cause me to be bitter to those around me, maybe I would start truly congratulating my friends on their achievements, knowing that God has a different plan for me and as long as I’m seeking him and walking through the doors he opens I’m all set (see Heb. 12:1-2 and Matt. 6:33).
Instead of praying quick “Please fix__,” “Help __,” and “Take care of __,” prayers that feel more like good luck charms, maybe I would realize that God is God and is sovereign over every need and every __ that crosses my mind. He knows more fully, loves more deeply, and is more capable than I can ever be. Maybe I’ll start to trust him with the world and begin to enjoy the world he gave me.
At the beginning of today’s post I included a verse that focuses on the Lord. Let’s make that our heart song today, musing on it instead of on ourselves.
Let’s see what happens as our eyes gaze at the Author of Life himself, our Abba, Best Friend, and Savior.
Have a truly fantastic Saturday.