We live in a complicated, broken world. There is so much hurt, so much anger, so much confusion, so much conflict. It’s a world that is suffering and struggling.
Each day I wake up and make intentional choices. I choose to be positive. I choose to treat people well. I choose to smile. I choose to love.
But life continually throws unexpected curves. This chaotic world will constantly try to make us fall.
We can choose to be kind, but some will still be unkind to us.
We can act in love, and may receive hate in return.
We can take risks, and sometimes we will fail miserably.
We can put ourselves out there, and may end up broken hearted.
We can trust people, and they could betray us.
We can do what is right, and others respond with what is wrong.
We can open ourselves up, and someone may shut us down.
This world is hard. It can be dark and cruel. It can make us want to run away and isolate ourselves. It can take away our ability to trust. It can make us give up on love.
In my life, one thing I have learned and practiced – through all of the noise, the stress, the chaos, the heartbreak, the missteps – as long as I keep my eyes on Jesus, everything is going to be ok.
With my focus on my Saviour, He shows me how the good triumphs over the bad. He blinds me to the negativity and shines a light on the positive. He deafens my ears to the noise, and blares the kindness. He guards my heart from the hate, and softens it to the love.
We can choose to be kind in the face of unkindness if our eyes are on Jesus.
We can act in genuine love and know that the love of Jesus conquers all hate.
We can take risks and have the opportunity to succeed beyond our wildness dreams, or experience something amazing that we never thought possible.
We can trust people and forgive any betrayal because we know Jesus died so we could be forgiven.
We can do what is right, no matter the response, for we know we honoured our Lord.
We can open ourselves up, and be ok with rejection because with Jesus, we are always accepted.
Yes, this world is hard. Yes, we face many struggles. But with our eyes on Jesus, the joy and love we experience is unfathomable.
With our eyes on Jesus, darkness will become light.
With our eyes on Jesus, hate can transform to love.
With our eyes on Jesus, hurt is healed.
With our eyes on Jesus, mess can be made beautiful.
So goodbye negativity, I don’t have time for you. I choose to be positive.
I’m sorry hate, but you are not wanted. I serve a God of love.
Farewell betrayal – you can’t have me. I choose forgiveness.
My apologies rejection, but you cannot break me. I belong to Jesus.
And my eyes are on Him.