The Ocean? God’s beauty? Or the trashcans?
When I was taking this photo a few weeks ago I was pretty upset about the trash cans ruining my view ~~and then I realized how I can tend to let little trash cans ruin my view of God’s beauty and my life. My life (our lives) are a part of God’s beauty. Then, I finally saw the grandiosity of the big powerful and amazing ocean right behind those trash cans:/
That’s my God~ Our God- That’s what I need to be breathing in. I looked at the trash cans again and asked myself- ok, what am I really focusing on most of the time ?! 80 % of the time? The trash, or the ocean?!! What. Do. I. See??
In Luke 11:34 Jesus told his friends this:
34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. 35 See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness.
I totally like how Jesus says: SEE TO IT.. That I actually have to do something with this…. There is an action step—What do I SEE?
Everything has to do with what I see–, My perspective and my focus will guide my thoughts. My thoughts affect my emotions and they affect MY faith. If I’m not looking up, if I’m not in God’s word-I can RETURN to believe my own bad experience, my hurts, my past, what I’ve done or what someone else has done or told me that I am worth. BUT when I start to SEE, FOCUS on and believe God’s truth about me- then I remember that HE can heal my thoughts- and change my perspective. He can heal my eyes. The hymn ‘I once was blind but now I see’ starts to make sense!! Freedom.
And this can take time yes, but Jesus does instruct us to take action: ” SEE TO IT THEN, THAT THE LIGHT WITHIN YOU IS NOT DARKNESS.”
How do I do this? I mean, Do I even notice that the trash is an obstacle for me? Most of the time I don’t! My mind needs to be renewed and re-trained- CONSTANTLY. I want to do everything in my power to look beyond the trash – I want better perspective, I want to receive healing. I want to live free. In order to DO this I have to train. I CAN’T avoid it.
I have to have constant reminders-
Prayer, The practice of Gratitude, Meditation…. counseling -more prayer- books, bible study- good sound advice from friends I respect, the list goes on …
You know, most of our behaviors are trained ~ I know a guy who trains dogs for a living , he told me once that in order for a dog to learn a specific behavior the dog has to do that specific behavior 350 times. 350 times for a dog to learn to stay, sit, fetch. And What about us? We train since we are born I guess? By repetition. Train to say thank you. Train to chew with my mouth closed, clean up after myself, train to say I’m sorry. Train to forgive. Train to listen…..(I sure know how to talk- but do I listen??) Listen to God, listen to others.
Some of these are things that I don’t really like to do but I know it is good for me. I have to train to look beyond the trash~~ Train to constantly believe that I am loved. That I am enough. Train to believe in God’s redemption and plan for me.
*Colossians 1:17 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.
We are created for Him ~ #awe #freedom
Sometimes even if I don’t want to I still have to continue to train and fight the lie that tells me : I don’t want to do that today…. Maybe later, or tomorrow, or next Sunday at church. Because there just might be a lie there telling me that I’m not worth it. That I am too much trash, or too far gone…
So the training kicks in and I am reminded that we were bought at a price because WE ARE deeply LOVED!! And that is worth fighting for-
When I’m so so constantly grateful for all the blessings of my life then the trash doesn’t take over.
Life is too short to be looking at the trash. Some of it (trash) might never go away. But I choose to SEE God and not the trash. It could be my trash or somebody else’s trash –it could be a person? Or a person talking trash!
The good news is I don’t have to do this on my own strength-
I believe, I train and I open my heart, but it is his Holy Spirit that helps me~ and He makes these things much easier. It’s crazy. It’s supernatural. It’s God. It’s awesome~