After a stressful and taxing week, I had a few quiet minutes in the van alone. I was feeling worn thin with tiring projects and overwhelmed by the chaos of my schedule. I had been snappy with the kids and prideful in my expectations of others.
Alone in the car, I grew more and more depressed. The more I looked at my attitude, the more discouraged I got.
Then the words that my dad wisely shared with me when I was younger and went to him discouraged came to mind. “Stop looking at yourself,” he’d say, “Look to Jesus.”
That simple encouragement, grounded in Hebrews 12:1, is the solution to so many of a believer’s problems.
When you’re wallowing in self-pity or self-despair, look to Jesus. He promised that by beholding Him, we’d be changed to be more like Him.
When pride’s ugly head swells up, look to Jesus. He spoke the world into being, commands the worship of angels, and humbled Himself to be made man and die for us. Any cause for pride dies away at that thought.
When the needs all around you threaten to overwhelm you, look to Jesus. He’ll give His grace to keep on giving or give peace to say “no”.
In all of life’s situations, look to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. By beholding His glory, we’ll be transformed from glory to glory till one day we bow before Him face to face. (Heb. 12:1 & 2 Cor. 3:18)