a new year, and a new decade.
the last decade of my life was full of ups and downs, lots of lessons but also lots of blessings.
i went from a scrawny thirteen year old still oblivious to most of the worlds care, to a popular high school girl hiding depression and anxiety, to starting my own small yet successful business, to getting out of a 4 year abusive relationship, to almost a year of traveling, to finding my own true love and getting married, to battling disease and infertility, and to finding the peace of Jesus once again as a 23 year old.
a lot went on in those ten years – as i’m sure a lot will happen in these next ten years!
but there was One constant in my life that was always there through the various pain and joy, and that was Jesus.
my life began to change when i simply looked UP. when i set my eyes on Him, and His work.
when i shifted my focus from the pressures and expectations of society and, instead, on the peace and guidance of God – my life changed.
so many Christians nowadays have little care to truly focus on Kingdom Work for Jesus. it’s a never ending game of cat-and-mouse with God.
we dress fancy and put our best faces on at church, with family, with friends – we act like we have it all together all by ourselves … but how can that be so without Christ?
it’s an act. it’s a mask. it’s a mask i’ve worn too many times to count throughout my life.
we don’t look UP – we look AROUND us at everyone else.
our focus isn’t on Him. it’s on us, our stuff, our lives and even our friends lives.
anything but Jesus.
i want to challenge you in 2020 to look UP at Christ.
i want to challenge you to SEEK HIM.
forget whatever your friends are doing.
forget whatever society is telling you to do.
forget social media and chatrooms and all the comparison within those traps.
i want to challenge you to LOOK UP and NOT AROUND.
because as exciting whatever it is that is going on around you, if it isn’t true Kingdom Work, it isn’t going to be pulling you to Christ – it’s going to be pulling you away.
and that isn’t how you want to start this next decade.
if you’re reading this right now God has kept your heart beating and *hopefully* you’ve kept that fire burning inside you for Christ – because God wants to use you.
He kept your heart beating into 2020 for a reason.
there’s an old hymn that I sang as the new year rang in for the U.S. and it’s such a good song. the lyrics are my creed for this new decade, and it’s probably one you remember and it goes like this –
“Turn you eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace”
isn’t that beautiful?
and the truth is to “look full” at Him means that our full attention needs to be on Him – not to instagram, not to facebook, not to your friends over there, not to media and the news – but full on at Jesus.
so what do you say, friend? are you willing to truly look to Jesus in 2020?
i promise you that if you do, Jesus will bless you in ways you never imagined!
being a Christian and following Gods Will isn’t an easy path …
you may have to give up vices.
you may have to give up friendships or family relationships.
you may have to break down hard walls in your heart.
you may have to go to places deep within you where you’ve stored hurt and pain for so long, just uncovering it will break you.
but we are the clay of the Potter, and when we are completely smashed into bits and broken beyond worldly repair is when Jesus comes in and molds you into something beautiful, rare, and not of this world!
….. but you have to be willing, and you have to turn your eyes completely to look at Jesus.
i pray that in my own life in 2020 that Jesus does amazing things with my life. i hope that this decade breaks me down all over again so that the Potter can mold me into something beautiful and for His glory.
i pray that i keep my whole focus UP and on Jesus, and not around everywhere else.
and i pray the same thing for you, friend.