Daily Devotion, 01/17/18, “Looking Ahead”
“Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. But when it is unhealthy, your body is filled with darkness.” Luke 11:34 NLT
Micah and I enjoy watching TV shows like “Counting Cars” and “West Coast Customs.” The incredibly skilled people on these shows take cars that are pieces of junk and restore them into works of art. I was raised by a mechanic so I could probably do some of what they do but the problem is that I don’t see what they see. What I see as a broken down, rusted out and beyond repair money pit, they see as an opportunity. All I see is what the car is like at the moment, they see what it could be. The ability to see the car through the lens of its potential rather than through the lens of the past and present makes all the difference.
Jesus reminds us that how we look at the world around us is incredibly important. How we see things is usually determined by what we’re looking for. If we look for ugliness, we see it. If we look for rejection, we find it. If we look for problems, they’re everywhere. When we fix our eyes on such things, our lives become dark, cold, and lonely. At the same time, if we look for the good, we’ll see it. If we look for kindness, we’ll receive it. If we look to see the hand of God at work, we’ll see His handiwork everywhere. As our eyes focus upon such things, we fan into flame the light of God within us.
Jesus looked at women of the night and saw daughters of God just waiting to be delivered. He looked at cheating tax collectors and saw fully devoted disciples. He looked at common fishermen and saw a group upon which He could build His church. He looked at the same people that the rest of the world looked at, He just saw them differently. How He saw them determined how He treated them. Before long, they saw themselves that way too. How He saw them gave light to who they were made to be.
Change what you’re looking for and there’s a good chance you’ll find it. You are loved!