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Forgot Where You’re Headed?

We’ve all had moments when we think, “This is perfect. I wish I could press the pause button right here. I wish I could bottle this moment and keep it forever.” Moments like your wedding day, the birth of a child or grandchild, quality time spent with a friend or loved one, a relaxing vacation or a favorite holiday. These moments can cause our hearts to feel amazing joy! Unfortunately, not all of life’s moments are sheer bliss. In the challenging times, how can we stay motivated and not lose sight of our mission as children of God? The author of Hebrews gives us some great advice…we must keep our eyes on Jesus and never lose sight of where we are headed! Hebrews 12:2 says, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning it’s shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

We must fix our eyes on Jesus. In general, we move in the direction we are looking. When we walk or drive, we fix our eyes on what is ahead of us in order to get where we want to go. There are always plenty of things to distract us along the way, but in order to arrive at our desired destination safely, we must pay attention and focus on where we are going. The same is true in life. Our circumstances will always fight for our focus. When we focus on our circumstances, we are often derailed into worry, anxiety, self-reliance, self-pity or self-absorption. In contrast, when we focus our thoughts on Jesus, His character and promises come to the forefront and our perspective concerning our problems starts to change. When we slow down and look to Him, we are reminded of His love, kindness, patience, forgiveness, power, provision, perfection, etc. A lot of our frustrations, worries and fears lose their power and significance in light of His greatness. We know that our God is bigger, greater, more powerful, and has overcome anything we face. Our present challenges seem less significant and overwhelming when we fix our eyes on Christ.

We must focus on the joy set before us. Often times in life we must focus on the joy set before us in order to stay motivated in the present moment. We endure exercise for the joy set before us…a healthier body. We endure work for the joy set before us…a job well done and a means to provide for our families. We endure the difficult times in marriage for the joy set before us…intimacy, growth and a stronger union. We endure the challenges of parenting for the joy set before us…seeing our children grow and mature in the Lord. The list is endless. We must live with the end in mind. We all want to be people who seek God first and live lives that bring great glory and honor to Him. We must keep our eyes clearly set on that objective in order to stay motivated during the day in and day out challenges. It is easy to grow weary in the busyness and challenges of life when we are not focused on the joy set before us. In the unglamorous moments, we can stay motivated and on mission by focusing on the joy set before us. Christ endured underserved persecution, death and separation from God in order to take hold of the joy set before Him, eternity with His Father and reconciled relationship with humanity. We will never endure anything close to that, but we can take heart and know that no matter how difficult a season may be, that Christ’s spirit lives in us. Even as we live with the end in mind, there is certainly no guarantee that life will be easy. Regardless, there is joy set before all of us. We know that ultimately, we will spend eternity with Jesus and be rewarded for our faithfulness. What joy there will be!

Lord thank you that you endured the cross for the joy set before you and that we are able to have a relationship with you as a result. Help us to fix our eyes on you. Help us to see the joy set before us as children of God. Give us the wisdom to live with the end in mind.

 

Stephanie Wimberley

About the Author

Stephanie Wimberley is a devoted wife and mother. She and her husband Josh have been married for 13 years and live in Alpharetta, Georgia. They have four children, Lauren, Luke, Grant and Claire. Stephanie is passionate about knowing God through his word and living for his glory. She writes devotions for Birds on a Wire, a non-profit ministry designed to minister to moms through encouragement, truth and community. Stephanie graduated from Samford University with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and worked as a pharmacist prior to starting her family.