Stand face to face with the younger me
All of the mistakes, All of the heartbreak
Here’s what I’d do differently:
I’d love like I’m not scared, Give when it’s not fair
Live life for another, Take time for a brother
Fight for the weak ones, Speak out for freedom
Find faith in the battle, Stand tall but above it all . . .
Fix my eyes on you
– “Fix My Eyes” by For King and Country
When my focus is inward, I get anxious. And if I keep thinking about my power, my strength, my abilities, my talents, I get even more anxious. It’s only when I fix my eyes on Jesus that I find peace and can move forward. It’s not about me, it’s about Him.
The Scriptures are full of admonitions to change our focus:
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.
– Hebrews 12:1-2
Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 2 Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. 3 For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.
– Colossians 3:1-3
You will keep in perfect peace
all who trust in you,
all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
– Isaiah 26:3
17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
– 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
– Philippians 4:8b
So it’s only by keeping our eyes, our focus, our thoughts on things above rather than things below, that we have any power. It’s not about me.