Advent: Day 13 – Under the Surface

We do not see how He sees. We think we know what we are looking at but without His truth we see the cracks only. We see what we think is best. He sees the beauty in things we pass right by.

We need a washing of eyes. I need this washing of eyes. We are not to live by what we see but rather to walk in faith. Did you hear? Walk in faith. Its there we see the Love…the joy…the good. Him everywhere! We need the sight that He has in His eyes.

Advent – Seeing the way He sees …the coming One revealed

Joy is a function of gratitude, and gratitude is a function of perspective. You only begin to change your life when you begin to change the way you see. From Hollywood to Pinterest, the media of this world aggressively schools your soul to see the exact opposite of the way God sees …our seeing must cut through surfaces and down to souls. Is my life about the heart of things? …or is my life a shallow absorption with surface? Its strange how it affects us – from housekeeping to soul-keeping: if its mostly the surface that absorbs us, then we’re mostly superficial. 

Ann Voskamp

I’ve done it. Judged a book by its cover and passed it right by. I decide right there on the spot that I most likely would like to read that book based on if the cover has good coloring or symetrical head lining. I judge the appearance. Its no different with people. I know we are all like this! We say we are not judgmental but we are and the only out is to be constantly reminding myself of Christ chose to take the judgment I deserved to be with me despite that face that I totally deserve to be judged for the things I’ve done. So, I must lay down my gavel and humble my heart. Instead of only hearing what people say and not understanding why they say it. Instead of reacting to the tone or the expectation in the words. I must learn to hear the heart of what is said. That is not easy to do. I don’t score high on mercy. I have to work at empathy and compassion. I have to make a real effort to slow those calculations and analyzation’s to bend my ear. I trip over weighing the words and the tone and punctuation of words. I have to drag my heart to the cross to curb that natural path of mine in order to hear the heart under the words. It is at times a chore. Underneath and well below the surface I want to know the hearts of those around me. I want to understand them and care for them. I want fresh eyes and ears to hear and see like Christ this Christmas. I want my life to be about the deeper things, not living by the fear of what another thinks or what it looks like. I want to live by what it is ….GOD in YOU -God at work in you- Love in action.

Journal this of at least ponder and bring your thoughts to God:

In what way do you miss hearing hearts? How do you want Christ to come to you change how see this season?

All is grace,

Starla

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