Look Up

It’s ETERNITY WEEK here on GUWG, where all week long we’ll be lifting our eyes and looking at things from God’s perspective.

Here’s today’s mind-altering selection:

Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)

It all started when I hit 40.

First, I separated my shoulder when I fell going over a ski “jump” that was approximately three-and-a-half inches high. Then I tore my ACL trying to play football with teenagers. Then I developed permanent ringing in my ears from listening to too much loud music. Then I tore a groin muscle trying to guard my niece in a friendly game of basketball. Then I had to get my feet scraped by a foot doctor because they grew creepy-looking “mega calluses.” Then I had to get a pair of root canals because my teeth started falling apart. Then my hair started rapidly retreating from my head and popping up in unexpected places like my ears and nose.

Instead of grumbling about my sudden cornucopia of nose hair and other physical ailments, I should pry my eyes away from the mirror and LOOK UP.

When we fix our eyes on God and see things from his eternal perspective, everything looks different. Our bodies falling apart is a blessing. God’s work is an inside job. Our troubles are temporary.

What we see ain’t all there is. God’s got something much bigger and better in mind — eternal glory.

FIX YOUR EYES

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Discussion

  1. David Frederick says:

    Unlike in my youth, when I lamented every misfortune, I developed the instantaneous habit of always telling myself “it could be a lot worse”. Then I would actually think of ways it could, indeed be worse. Then I would thank God profusely that whatever had happened wasn’t a lot worse! The older I get, the more I see exactly how fortunate I and my family have been and am all the more grateful to God, for not only His mercy, but His allowing me to recognize just how blessed I have been. Thank you Lord.

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