Focus on Jesus
About 5 years ago, I wrote a post on Focus (go read it). I was in the middle of a battle with cancer and it was really hard but through the hard, God really taught me and my family many things. This little lesson about focus was one of the greatest things that He taught me.
Life is hard, the world we live in is messy. People are sinners, which means that my friends, neighbors, family and kids are sinners. I am a sinner. We make mistakes and we don't always do things the right way. We don't always love the way we should. But......
When we keep our eyes on Jesus, the forgiver of our sins, the Savior of this world, then it makes the sins of this world a little easier to forgive and move forward.
When I mess up, it is so easy for me to focus on the dirty and dwell in it. As soon as I do, it allows all sorts of doubts, fears, and past failures or mistakes to creep back in. It cripples me, it makes me question every decision, it causes me to stop moving forward.
When other people mess up, it is also easy to jump into judgement and gossip which then causes failure, fear, and hurt for the other person and for me.
When we fix our eyes on Jesus and choose to see the way He does, amazing things start to happen. The messy still hurts, but we learn from it, we grow from it. We LOVE other people understanding that their messy is no different than ours. We learn to forgive ourselves and to let the past be the past. We see the good and the positive lessons that are learned from our mistakes. We listen and we share. We grow in our relationship with Christ and the others around us.
This last year, I stepped into a new ministry that God is giving me the Vision for, Grace Like Rain. It has been amazing and incredible to watch it grow. The staff, volunteers, and families that I have met over the last year have taught me so many things. but.......
It has also been hard! When something doesn't go exactly the way we would like then I begin to allow the fear to creep in. I start doubting everything! As soon as I start going down this path, I ask for prayer which helps me to refocus my eyes on Jesus! I reach out to my people! We have to share the ugly sometimes to learn from it and to move forward. That is what His people are here for, His community, His family, His church. We are not meant to do this life alone.
I remind myself that things are going to be hard, we are going to fail and make mistakes especially by the worlds standards but no matter what, if I am focusing on Him and loving others the way He commands us to, then He is in control. Love never fails!