Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.

Changing To An Upward Attitude



The direction in which you are looking opens and limits the possibilities of what you’ll see.


It’s a simple lesson, and a “duh” example, but I’ll tell it on myself.  Recently, in the chaotic context of moving to a new home, for two days, including Thanksgiving Day, I couldn’t locate my backpack.  I carry my laptop and other work-related stuff in that bag.  I need the things in that bag and it just wasn’t in view.  I looked and looked and looked again.  You know how it is when you’re searching for a lost item … it’s always in the last place you look.  I found the bag.  Turns out it was in plain sight.  A thoughtful family member put it on top of an empty shelf in the garage so that our youngest grandkids wouldn’t get into it.


Relieved, with bag-on-shoulder, it dawned on me that all the places I had been searching were down.  Down in the corners.  Down on the floorboards of the cars.  Down under stuff.  As long as I kept looking down I literally could not have found what I was looking for.  The attitude of my search needed to include looking up.  Simple, but true.  Look up and find what you’re looking for.


I’m pretty sure that the Lord enjoys leading me through the “duh” lessons.  Locating my bag was a small thing.  The larger and more important thing to learn is that you and I can discover God’s life, love, acceptance, and forgiveness when we change the angle and attitude, the direction, of our vision from downward (independent of Him) to upward (receiving the Savior).  As long as I am looking down I am looking at the old familiar paths and places of my life, under my control.  But when I look to Jesus I must look up, in a new direction.  And when I “see” Him as Savior, an entirely different life becomes possible.  If you’re in a fog on the valley floor, look up to the hilltop where the day may be much brighter.


Do you want to see Him?  Look up today in the midst of your life, as it is.  Look to Jesus and His Word.


“…let us lay aside every weight, and the sin [independence from God] which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  Hebrews 12:1,2


I found what I needed by simply looking up. “My glory and the One who lifts up my head” Ps 3:3


Pastor Rich Marshall