Fix My Eyes

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I have heard this song for the past week on the radio, and I just cannot get it out of my head. Now it’s on my Spotify, and I simply cannot stop listening to it. I sing it in my head constantly, all day long. I’m a lyrics person; I really latch on to lyrics and dwell on them, and this song is sticking with me. I sincerely believe we should be living this out every day of our lives. If you have not clicked on the link to watch the video, do it before you go any further, its by ChristianLyric 101. It is the lyric video for the song so you can see the words, too. In this post, I am going to examine the lyrics of this song and explain the message as I have understood it.

Hit rewind, Click delete / Stand face to face with the younger me / All of the mistakes, All of the heartbreak /  Here’s what I’d do differently

We’ve all looked back on our past and considered what we could have done differently, how we could have reacted differently, how we could have helped that person, what we would have spent our time doing if we would have known better. Looking back isn’t a bad thing. It’s good to learn from the mistakes you have made, and to realize the way other people in your life have helped mold you into the person you are today. However, we have to remember not to dwell on the past. We will stumble in our walk today if we are constantly looking behind us.

I’d LOVE like I’m not scared

Okay, honestly, how many people have you just really not wanted to love? Seriously, people are generally hard to love. That aggravating person in class with whom you can’t stand talking, a family member who has done you wrong, a friend who has hurt you. The list could go on and on of people whom you have written off your love list. I know I have. It’s hard to love. Your heart is vulnerable. And it seems that more often than not, you get hurt. But God is asking you to be vulnerable. Consider for a moment how Jesus became vulnerable. Look at His example on the cross: He LOVED everyone who spat upon Him and cursed Him. You, me, us: sinners. We hurt Him, a lot.  And we are called to love others like He has loved us (1 John 4:19, Ephesians 5:2). 1 Corinthians 13 shows us what LOVE is: it’s patient, kind, not proud, and so on. Be like that! It’s hard, but with His help, we can do it. We can LOVE like we’re not scared.

GIVE when it’s not fair

GIVE. What goes through your mind when you think of that word? Money? Time? Patience? Why is it hard for us to give these things? Our time is precious, right? We like to have time to ourselves or time with our friends. In this world, it’s really hard to give someone time. We live in a culture that encourages us to be selfish. It’s kind of the norm, and we don’t really realize it until someone points it out. Yeah, we give our time going on mission trips, attending church services, or helping out at a fundraiser. But are you giving your time when no one is expecting or telling you to? Do we stop and let an old man cross in the parking lot, knowing he’s going to take a while to get across? Do we stop to let a young mother go ahead and get in front of us in the checkout line because her baby is fussy? Give when it’s not fair. Okay, I want you to think really hard about that phrase when it’s not fair. What are some conditions that make it seem unfair to give? It can seem “unfair” at times to give money when you’re in a tight spot financially if you know you aren’t really getting anything in return. It can seem “unfair” to give your time or patience to someone who you know wouldn’t do the same for you. It can seem “unfair” to give gifts or money to a person who might use those gifts for destructive purposes, such as drugs or alcohol. But doesn’t God give us His attention and blessings constantly? Or does He only love us when we have it all together and are doing everything right? If God only gave to us when we deserved it, we would never receive anything good from Him, most especially Jesus. Romans 5:8 points that out when it says, “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Something to think about.

Live life for another

When I hear this line I just think of living for Christ. That’s where my mind goes first: living for Him, which then trickles down to things like serving and living for family and putting others first. Christ wants us to have a servant heart, serving one another, and putting others before ourselves. I always think of the song Make Me a Servant that we sing sometimes in the church. It’s all about wanting God to make us a servant, doing what He has to do to get us there, making us like Him.

Take time for a brother

Along the same line as the last two lines, also we should also give our time to a brother or sister. We live in such a rushed world. We want to just get what we need and go, and we think other people will take care of what we don’t have time for. When we see someone hurting and upset, we often don’t really want to take the time out to ask if they are okay and to see if we can help. Instead, we just kind of slide by acting like we don’t see them. I heard someone talking about how all too often when we greet one another with our “Hey, how are you?” we really don’t want to hear what they have to say back. It’s kind of our way of saying “Hey!”, but it just sounds nicer and makes us look like we actually care how they are. That’s pretty sad. It was even more sobering when I thought about it and realized that it’s true. I know there are times when we actually care how someone is, and I’m certainly not saying everyone is like that, but we have our times where it is true. What it really boils down to is that we don’t take time for one another. So how about this: Let’s make time to ask how someone’s day went or see why they are upset. Just a little secret: sometimes people need someone to genuinely ask them how they are. Sometimes they want you to dig. They need someone to talk to about life.

Fight for the weak ones

Bullying is huge right now. It’s all over the news about kids getting bullied and how the government and schools are trying to get rid of it. Fight for the weak ones. Stand up for someone. Don’t run off when you see someone giving someone else a hard time. And even worse, don’t join in with the one doing the bullying. Yeah, it might be awkward. Maybe it’s not really your problem, but you should make it yours. There was a video cycling through Facebook a few weeks ago about this sort of thing. The guys in the video wanted to see how many people would actually stand up against the bully, so they decided to act out a scene of this punk who wanted to know why this other guy didn’t write his paper for him. He’s pushing him around, hitting him, and most people walked by acting like they didn’t see anything, or they just got up and left the area. There ended up being only a few people who would come to the rescue of the guy and get the bully off of him and tell him that he needed to leave. It was a sad but true video, and it made me realize how many people just don’t want to get involved. There is a whole study in psychology about this. Why don’t we want to help people in need? Why do we let it go for (hopefully) someone else to take care of? Fight for the weak ones!

Speak out for freedom

Celebrate Recovery is an example of this. It’s a program to help you overcome life’s hurts, habits and hang-ups by showing you the power of Christ. We want freedom from the hurts and pressures in this world, and there is a safe place to get away from all the worldly crud that clutters our lives. It’s called the church. It’s the body of Christ, the family of God. We are all here to help ease those pressures in the lives of others.

Find faith in the battle

This is a hard one because when we are going through tough times in life (battles), our faith usually gets really small, sometimes even nonexistent. It’s hard. I’ve been there. A lot of people have. But I believe that’s when He is the closest to us. He knows we need Him, and He’s there holding our hand through it. We just have to believe in Him and know that He is there with us. Find faith in Christ, not only when everything is going well, but in the midst of the battles, too. Finding faith in our battles will help our faith become stronger. If we had it easy all the time, why would we need Him?

Stand tall but above it all

Stand above everything of this world. Don’t let it pull you down. We are not of this world. John 15: 19 says this: “If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” Tough stuff, but isn’t that amazing? I think that has so much encouragement in it. We are His; He chose us out of the world. We should stand tall, stand up against the things of this world. I am in no way saying to act like we are better than everyone else. The point is that we don’t put our hopes in things of the world, such as popularity, money, status or power. Remember where we are from and where we are going. We want to bring as many people as possible with us, and we won’t get them to come with us if we’re sticking our noses up at them. Be strong, and be above what the world is offering.

Fix my eyes on you

We have to fix our eyes on Christ and know what our goal is. 2 Timothy 4:7-8 says, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” Keep that verse in mind. It’s our goal as Christians to get to Jesus, to be with God forever. So let’s fix our eyes on that goal and run at it with all our strength.

I learned the lines and talked the talk/ But the road less traveled is hard to walk/ It takes a soldier/Who knows his orders/ To walk the walk I’m supposed to walk

Okay, now add everything that I just talked about from the chorus to these lines. We hear all that we’re supposed to be doing, we hear the messages, we get the devotionals, we know all the lines to say, but are we living it out? I love the line that says it takes a soldier who knows his orders to walk the walk I’m supposed to walk. We have to be soldiers. We need to learn and know our orders that God has given us and live them out in our lives.  Take up your shield and helmet and all that armor and get in line to fight (Ephesians 6:10-17). Walk the walk. Be that soldier.

The things of Earth are dimming/ In the light of Your glory and grace/ I’ll set my sights upon Heaven/ I’m fixing my eyes on you

The things of this world are passing. They aren’t going to be here forever. God is everlasting. He is the real goal, the real trophy. Be a soldier for Christ, fix your eyes on the goal He has set for us and run at it with all your strength. =)

Love you all,

~RW

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Get Unplugged

Well I’ve been about terrible at the whole encouraging thing lol I’ve missed the past two days, way proud. Make up day tomorrow!! I was very pleased when I heard the girls asking each other how the challenge was going, one said she was actually enjoying it! Awesome! I one of the older girls how it was going and she said “it couldn’t have come at a better time”, she was telling me how she had hurt her mothers feelings on the first night of it and she went and drew her a picture and wrote some encouraging notes on it. I am so pleased! Some of my girls are getting it, others are making excuses that they have no time.  Why? Why do these girls have no time, I kept asking one girl what was getting in her way and it was a lot of well I don’t wake up early, I have track meets etc. most of which I just came back with “well what about on the bus, etc.?”

Levi just talked about this a few weeks with the kids in a discussion group asking them what gets in the way of them reading their Bible and they were very honest about it all. They had to really dig deep on why they aren’t putting it first in their life, some examples were, homework, friends, social media, and free time. A lot of what we were hearing was when they get home after their extracurricular activities they have  homework they finish and when they get done with that they want down time, which I honestly don’t blame them, but where does God come in? I”m definitely not saying I have it all together, I miss a lot of opportunities because I’m worried about other things like looking for jobs, doing house work or mindlessly scrolling through Pinterest.

All of this just made me take a step back and look around, we are constantly plugged into anything, cell phones, iPad’s, computers, Xbox, TV, it’s all around and everyone seems like they have to have this to get through everyday. Its sad. I told Levi, maybe we need to have like an unplugged day where everyone turns over their phones and they hang out and do something not relating to electronics.  I feel like I’m becoming an old lady because I’m seeing more and more the importance of being able to lay that phone down, shut the laptop and go read my Bible, go visit with friends, or take a walk.

My church camp had a “no cell phone” rule, we couldn’t have any sort of electronic out, we did have them in our cabins but they weren’t touched, we discouraged it. The kids got more out of that week I think than some kids at different church camps where its entertainment galore. One guy was telling us about a camp that he loves because it’s more fun, it’s entertaining. In my mind I’m just wanting to ask how are you totally focused on God if you aren’t STILL? We need to be putting things aside that distract us and actually listen to him speak or put things aside to totally listen to a friend talk about what’s going on in their life.

I think we all need, including myself, to get unplugged. Start small, go one hour without it and devote it to something for His kingdom. Who knows maybe you’ll see a change.

Get unplugged, write some encouraging letters, and spend time with our Heavenly Father.

~RW

April: Month of Encouragement

OK, I am so excited about Rave Ministries AprilRAVEs starting tomorrow!!

It’s a whole month of encouraging and lifting one another up everyday. When they announced this I told Levi that I have to do this with the girls in his group, they need something like this. God wants us to be loving and encouraging our sisters, building relationships, being joyful in Him!  Matthew 5:16 says “let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven.” We need to be light for others, showing them the LOVE of Christ.

Like my mamma always says, “you can catch more flies with honey” 🙂   Who wouldn’t want to be a part of a family like that?!

 

Get your pens to writin’ 😉

Much love ladies!

~RW