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What Are You Looking At?

”Let my vindication come from you; may your eyes see what is right.”  Psalm 17:2

 What you are looking at has a profound effect on where you are going. When your hands are on the steering wheel, your eyes will determine where you will go, our hands and feet follow our eyes. It is no different in our moral behavior. If our eyes are fixed on immorality, we soon find our response following.

Even if our eyes are fixed on the problem, it’s hard to see the answer. When all we see is the mountain before us, it becomes impossible to see anything else. In our workplace, we can become so filled with the work right in front of us that we may not even see what God is up to around us.

It’s nice to take a break and look up. We are always invited to look up and receive a different perspective.  Seeing from a different perspective gives us insight to what God may be doing. However, if all we do is keep a tight grip on our life without having room for God, it becomes about us. Taking a look up will give us a bigger view of our life. It will reveal that it is more than temporary, for God has created and given us eternity.  Can we stop gazing at momentary pleasures and fix our eyes on what will last for eternity?


Today in the workplace:

What has your attention?


The Gift of Selflessness
Written by Drew Paden

"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interest but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus."
Philippians 2: 3-5

In a world that constantly preaches on capturing the "American Dream," and becoming "successful," it is easy to lose sight of a gift such as selflessness. While selflessness in the form of personal ambition and interests is a fruitful gift and one that we are called to have, we often forget about selflessness in our relationships.

In this passage from Philippians 2, Paul urges the church in Philippi to strip off selfishness in all areas of their life. It is easy to hone in on our visible actions, and material possessions but the Bible repeatedly gives us valuable wisdom on how to be selfless with them. But what does it mean to have this in relationships? Paul tells us right here: "value others above yourselves," and have the "same mindset as Christ Jesus." When you value the people in your life more than you value your own, your relationship with them is not affected by the bad days you have, or how you are feeling at the moment. It is not about what YOU want or need, but what THEY want and need and this is having the mindset of Jesus. He did not need to leave paradise to redeem the world, but We needed Him to. He displayed the ultimate sign of selflessness in His relationship with us.
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Our earthly relationships will grow and flourish when we live this way, but in our relationship with Jesus, it is a necessity. We cannot allow whatever we have done, and whatever is currently happening in our daily lives, to influence what is true every day. Jesus gave the sacrifice that never stops giving, and never changes. We have to build and develop our relationship with Him based on what He has done, and what He is doing, not the other way around. Having a selfless relationship with Jesus is to love and meet Him every day, because every day He is waiting to love and meet YOU.
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