Happy New Year everyone!
It blows my mind to think that it's already here. As I've mentioned before, I am a lister. I enjoy making lists. I also like setting goals, especially in the new year. Something I've adopted is choosing a word to represent the year. In years past, I've chosen words like Grateful, Purity, Hope, etc.
But this year, the Holy Spirit gave me a word that looks a little different, as well as a verse to go alongside of it.
My word for 2018 is: UPWARD
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary and what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18
Yesterday was January 1. And I felt overwhelmingly anxious. About nothing and everything, at the same time.
I have an overactive imagination. I dream up scenarios and dialogues in my head that should win Oscars if you ask me. I could be sitting across from you and dreamed up what our lives will look like in the next 20 years by the time you've finished telling me how your day was. So, imagine what my anxious thoughts look like.
But, this morning, 2 Corinthians 4:18 popped in my head. Growing up in church, I've heard this verse SO many times. But, HOW?
How do I fix my eyes on things I can't see and ignore the things I can actually see? How do I focus on the eternal? It's all about switching lenses.
I have two sets of lenses in my life: faith and fear.
The lenses of fear tell me that certain situations are impossible. They tell me that God's forgotten about what He's promised me. They tell me that I've messed up too much and stumbled too far. Sometimes, they're even subtle and simply tell me that I just need to accept things as reality. They tell me that everything in this life is what matters the most. The lenses of fear are a terrible prescription from the enemy designed to live a life in darkness. A life that's far below the one God created for me.
The lenses of faith tell me that with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26). They tell me that the Lord is not slow in keeping His promises (2 Peter 3:9). They tell me that NOTHING can separate me from the love of God (Romans 8:38-39). They tell me that the plan God has for my life is one of hope, future, and goodness (Jeremiah 29:11). They tell me that the things unseen are far greater than what I can see (2 Corin. 4:18).
When I put on my lenses of faith, I can dream big with Jesus. I can see things from a Heavenly perspective, with my eyes focused on what is eternal.
And that my friends, is what it means to look Upward.
I pray that 2018 is the best year of your life - full of favor, joy, love, and the goodness of God revealed.