We've made it to Day 5 of the 31 Days to Hallway Praise challenge!
Today's goal is a big one: Fix your eyes on Christ.
It might seem odd that I've kept this one for Day 5 instead of using it on Day 1. I mean, isn't fixing our eyes on Jesus the number one goal in our Christian faith? Yes, it is, but I've saved this gem for today for a purpose.
On the first day of our challenge, we made it a goal to pray every day. On Day 2, we decided to memorize Scripture. (By the way, what passage did you choose to memorize? Leave a comment and let me know!)
Prayer and Scripture memory are two excellent ways to help keep our eyes focused on the Savior. Now that we've had a few days to start making these part of our daily routine (for those who weren't already doing them), we've built up some spiritual tools to help us fix our eyes on the cross and not the crisis.
Friends, it is so - SO - easy to do what Peter did in Matthew 14:28-33 and let the storms of this life prevent us from looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:1-2). We need to spend time in prayer and in God's Word in order to forget about the wind and the waves and to think only of the Lord. It's not an easy task.
My trials loom largest when I'm staring them in the face. They seem most overwhelming when I fully focus on them to the exclusion of everything else. And I feel the most overwhelmed when I allow them to engulf me.
How about you? When are your hardships the most difficult to handle? I'd guess that the same is true for you: when they take your complete focus, they appear to be insurmountable.
Thankfully, there is a way to combat the overwhelm:
Fix your eyes on Christ.
Take your gaze away from your trials and look to Jesus.
But we can only do this through the help of the Holy Spirit, through prayer, and through feasting on the Word of God.
Today's action steps: Start focusing on what God can do and stop worrying about what you can't. Continue to immerse yourself in prayer and the Scriptures. Fix your eyes on Christ.