Therefore , since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2
Being a nature person, I love to look at the mountains, rivers, oceans, trees and animals. It is so calming and relaxing, but it is nothing like fixing my eyes on Jesus. There is no greater joy, no greater comfort, no greater peace than when I take my eyes off of all that surrounds me in this crazy life and I fix my eyes on Jesus. Only then can I gain perspective. Only then can I let go of all I am trying to accomplish and rest in the truth that He has everything under control and as impossible as it may seem in a moment, that He really is working ALL THINGS together for my good. If He could take the shame of the cross and make it into the very reason I live then He can take my hopes, my fears, my disappointments, my sorrows and my joys and work them together for an eternal purpose.