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Eye Check

It’s quite obvious that I’ve been neglecting my blog lately. I honestly hate it, but with the recent life changes I’ve had, I’m struggling to find a new rhythm with everything. I think it’s getting better, and I can certainly see my heart changing about a lot of stuff.  I’ve been learning a LOT and have much I want to blog about, and I will… soon. In the meantime, today’s post is very short, but it’s something that I haven’t been able to escape lately.

Last Saturday, Cross Point once again organized over a thousand volunteers and mobilized them to hit the flooded communities of Nashville to serve and be the hands of feet of Christ in our city.  The pic above was taken by my friend Kenny in the Ashland City area, which was terribly devastated by the flooding.  I haven’t been able to get this image out of my head all week, along with 2 Corinthians 4:18…

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (NIV)

The Message translation says: There’s far more here than meets the eye.

Not only is this a timely reminder in the context of the flooding here in Nashville, as the temptation to focus on the loss of material things is so great, but also in each of our lives in general.  I know I can often be guilty of becoming so fixated on what I can see that I sometimes miss the greater story and the invisible, often intangible work God is doing. It’s easier to look at what’s in front of me than trust in what God is doing inside me.

The great paradoxical challenge of the faith life is this: keep your eyes on what you can’t see.

So… Eye Check. What is your vision fixed on?


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cupojoegirl
cupojoegirl

What a powerful picture and reminder. When life appears to be falling apart sometimes that is when Christ is doing His best work. I've noticed this time and time again in my own life too. Thanks

Ani
Ani

Hey Grant, I heard this song and cried. I couldn't resist to share it with you. Maybe you already know it. It's so beautiful. To think God is running to me, his little girl.

Enjoy and just like they say at the end: I'm holding your hand, my friend. Just imaging that.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1O4eS9jxfM

I only want to add that it's also for daughters for those who are listening. We are all his children and he is waiting for us and runs to us. Run to him.

Ani
Ani

That's a good reminder. There are two things my grandma told me and I will never forget it. "If you are afraid just call the name of Jesus" and "When you are troubled or struggling just look up, keep your eyes on Jesus and expect everything from Him". This is SO true. I'm struggling myself right now. I've asked for help. I haven't been praying for you all but now while I read your post I can't help but pray for you right now. I don't know bout you but I've experienced that thanking the Lord for everything lifted me up. He is worthy anyway to be thanked and praised. Just thank Him, also for the struggle you're going through. At your work you can be a light and a mirror where they can see Jesus through you. I thank the Lord for you, for who you are, I thank Him for the work you have right now, for what you do for your church, for who you are for your friends and family, what you do through your blog. I bless you in Jesus' name at work, in your church, your family, at home, with friends. I pray the Holy Spirit is in your house and at your work and that you will experience the peace which transcends all understanding. Phil. 4: 4-7 (8+9 is good too).

There is no victory without battle.

And now I have to do this myself the same.

jennyrain
jennyrain

have missed your posts this week! hmmm how do you fix your eyes on something you can't see? How do you focus?

that is my question for this week...
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ineffablegod
ineffablegod

bro as usual your posts resonate with me..and don't worry about not blogging as much. Sometimes it's about living those things out...and I can see that all you in nashville are doing just that. It's such an awesome thing to see how you all are mobilizing together and literally being Christ's hands and feet. Praying for you all.
Like most of us, I think, many times, my eyes are fixed on what's around me. The trials that I face, the problems that arise, etc. Yet, having faith means believing that our God is capable of anything. It's one thing knowing about something, but it's another to genuinely believe it, and to take a leap of faith. I'm daily reminded that my eyes have to be focused on Him

1Peter 5:7-"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."

God Bless

JuliaKate
JuliaKate

this has been an interesting week, to say the least. i had been so focused on the challenge set in front of me, but then something came along last week and i quickly decided that it was my "reward"... urggh. i am thankful that it only took 2 days to realize that it was more of the old, in a different package.
so a refocus was needed and like you stated so clearly... trust what God is doing within me & keep my eyes focused on what i don't see;)
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Andie Wright
Andie Wright

I'm a list maker. I am also hyper efficient, which can be a good thing in a lot of ways, but not always. Sometimes I get so caught up in the list of all I need to get done and strategics of how I'm going to get everywhere I need to go before lunch & naps that I forget to notice all that is going on around me. The kids, bless them, force me to go slow. They can only walk so fast. They need to hold my hand or be carried places. They get overwhelmed. They stop to stare at the baby birds, bunny nibbling grass, nest of Robin's Eggs. We have endless sessions of "Why" that make me mentally pause and shift my focus.

The bible says in Matthew 18 v 3 Unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the Kingdom of God.

Children have such a fresh approach to things, they are so bold and fearless in there faith. They also go slow. They are focused on the wonder and beauty of the gifts God has given us. They get frightened or frustrated and can act out or throw tantrums, but they are seldom malicious. They don't gossip or get fixated on what all they didn't get to do. Sure Buggy would love it if I let her have Subway for lunch every day followed by Sweet CeCe's. There are days she wants to go do something and there just isn't enough money left in our petty cash so we have to do something else. Her recovery rate is almost instantaneous. She trusts that whatever we are going to do is going to be fun.

I am very blessed to have two wonderful examples of Childlike Faith as my "job" who force me to slow down and fix my focus but sometimes it can be a harsh reality check.

Travis Robertson
Travis Robertson

Really glad to see you posting again, Grant. I know the feeling - I'd been neglecting my blog as well.

I'm reminded of Peter walking out toward Jesus on the water in the middle of a raging storm. Even in the storm, things were going well as he ventured out. It wasn't until Peter took his eyes off Jesus that his situation changed. The storm didn't change, the fact that he was defying natural laws didn't change. Only his focus changed. Fear, doubt and uncertainty probably had him thinking, "Wait a minute...I can't do this!" It was when his focus changed from what God is able to do to what Peter is not able to do that things went downhill for him.

It's the same for us. Is our focus on the person of God who is capable or on the person of "me" who is not?
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anewcreation
anewcreation

This is so interesting and it kind of links with the content of my last post. I think our receivers are pointing in the same direction at the moment.

Thank you for letting me comment. I hope I will get to know you better through your blog and tweets in the future.

God bless you
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His Girl
His Girl

So often my eyes are on the waves crashing around me though big or small. This season of my life I am learning to focus on him and you would be amazed how everything falls into place. You know your blog is just one portion of your ministry. Your every day interaction with others as you make lattes or tear down drywall is where it is at. I love to read your blog but this will be updated as God allows you the time to do so. Know I am praying for you though this season.
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Kenny Silva
Kenny Silva

Good stuff, Grant. That scene, for me, was a focus check. What we focus on are the piles of debris at the curb. What we catch out of the corner of our eyes are the 20 complete strangers carrying that debris to the curb. What we don't see at all is the love being poured out and the great work that God is doing within us to unite those strangers and call them to action and service. If we maintain our focus on who He is and who He is building us to be, we can overcome our temporary struggles.
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