Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the Lord delivers them in times of trouble. (Psalm 41:1)

We have choices about where we will look most of the time.

We can look within, examining our hearts, being consumed with our own thoughts and personality.

We can look out at others, thinking of others, comparing their lives to ours, imagining how much better and happier they are than us – or looking at them judgmentally, criticizing them.

Or, we can look up to God most of the time, living life with a divine awareness of his love and care for us.

The one who looks up to God most of the time, who orders his life so that it pleases God, who meditates on his Word and is sensitive to the leading of his Spirit, sees himself as a blessed child of God, and he sees others also through the lens of God’s love. He is a person of faith and he is being transformed by the Spirit into a person of love and compassion for others. The joy of the Lord is his strength and he walks daily in confidence and inner joy.

Looking up to God enables us to praise and to thank him, to trust in him and to speak with him, as well as to listen to him speak to us. Looking to God in faith enables us to receive his mercy in our lives and to dwell on the forgiveness we have in him. It frees us from our failures and let’s us live in the freedom of the Spirit.

Looking up to God most of the time helps us to see others differently. We grow in patience and love. We are less critical and judgmental. We are more compassionate and understanding. We learn that our place in the kingdom of God is not to judge others and compare ourselves to them, but rather it is to love God and to see how he cares for and loves others.

Where do you look most of the time? Look up to God! Receive his forgiveness, live in his grace, share his love, and you will find that your heart is healthier, happier, and of more use to God in this world.

Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul. (Augustine of Hippo)

  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.