Do you guys get stressed out a lot? I know that I do & I’m pretty sure it runs in our family. We’re mostly a go-with-the-flow family & don’t let little things bother us too much. But when stressful things happen, we tend to overthink, stress out & worry about every. little. thing. When stressful things happen, I usually think about everything that could go wrong. I worry about these earthly things, that I can’t really control. It makes me anxious & overwhelmed. But then this verse always comes to mind –
Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things.
I heard a quote one time that says “For every look at yourself, take 10 looks at Christ.”
Practicing this moves our eyes from the trial to the cross – to the promises God has given and the life He’s called us to live.
As I turn my mind from the messes inside and around me, to the face of Jesus, something shifts. I remember His love and how He covers me even when I’m a wreck. We’re all a mess & in need of Jesus, but Jesus isn’t afraid of our messes. Instead, He enters right in the middle of them.
I feel like a lot of the time, I struggle with the same junk over, and over, and over again. But each struggle is an opportunity to put off the old self and take hold of that which Jesus has already taken hold of for me.
When my heart is a mess, I get to choose how I think. I can choose to let the truth of God control my mind and heart, or I can choose to keep feeling defeated, and worthless, and terrible. But I choose to be thankful, even when life breaks my heart and doesn’t turn out like I wish it would.
We are Gods beloved children, redeemed by Him, and called by name, and that changed everything. Instead of focusing on ourselves today – on how we ache, or on how we wish things were different than they are, or on what we’ve done or left undone – let’s turn our eyes over toward the One who knows us best & loves us unconditionally.