I bent my glasses a week or so ago and had to bring out a pair that are several years old. They are bifocals, like the ones I usually wear, but there is something I noticed about this pair. When I look down at the ground, my feet appear close=er than they really are. They really aren’t, but from the perspective of my old bifocals, I look very short. (Not that I am tall at 5’2″, but I’m not as short as these glasses make me feel).
Today’s Monday Morning message is a quote within a quote. I received a small booklet called, “Grace for the Moment,” as a gift. It is quotes from Max Lucado’s books.
As I set out to write something for today, I picked up this book, which was on the stand beside my other devotionals. Today’s message, for September 20, fits in perfectly with what I was seeing through my glasses.
The Scripture that accompanies today’s devotional quote is 1 Peter 1:8.
“You have not seen Christ, but still you love Him. You cannot see Him now, but you believe in Him.”
From Max Lucado’s book:
“Some years ago, a sociologist accompanied a group of mountain climbers on an expedition. Among other things, he observed a distinct correlation between cloud cover and contentment. When there was no cloud cover and the peak was in view, the climbers were energetic and cooperative. When the gray clouds eclipsed the view of the mountaintop, though, the climbers were sullen and selfish.
The same thing happens to us. As long as our eyes are on God’s majesty there is a bounce in our step. But let our eyes focus on the dirt beneath us and we will grumble about every rock and crevice we have to cross. For this reason Paul urged, “don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to the things going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from His perspective.” (Col. 3:1-2 MSG).
(The Great House of God by Max Lucado)
My old glasses give me a distorted view of my feet. If I keep my focus ahead or up, then I can see clearly where I am going.
As we go about our day today, be it sunny or gray skies, let’s keep our perspective on Christ. See other people as souls who are in need of encouragement or comfort, not as problems we have to solve.
God bless you this Monday, September 20, 2021.