Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
I hope I can encourage you today.
When I was a boy, just tall enough to help my dad in the garage, or tag along while he was working, he taught me a valuable habit. When he had an instruction or a correction to give, he taught me to look him in the eye and listen. A bit intimidating at first for a young kid, but as I got in the habit it helped me gain confidence. It also led me to realize that if I want to learn and stand firm in life, I need to focus on the right people and hear their words. Along with that, I came to realize that looking my dad in the eye helped me to see that he loved me, even when he had to correct me.
Looking my dad in the eye helped me receive God’s love and guidance. At 17, I began to hear and believe in Jesus the Savior. I committed my life to Him as my Lord. Focusing on Him, His words and works, has given me a fulfilled life. That’s the big picture, and I’m so thankful. Every good relationship and every good thing in my life has come because His eyes are on me, and because I look to Him.
You get to choose where you look and to whom you will listen. This is why it is so important for you to choose to focus your eyes and ears on God’s Word, and to stay close to friends who also look to Jesus.
So, here is my encouragement: The next time you read a verse or hear a phrase that builds your faith, inspires you, or points you in His direction, get a post-it note, write the verse down and put it somewhere where you’ll see it for days to come – on your bathroom mirror, the table where you eat, the dashboard of your car, or on the desk where you work – somewhere to remind you to reset your focus on Jesus. Do whatever you have to do to help you look Jesus in the eye and listen.
The words of scripture are the best encouragement:
“His mother said to the servants, ‘Whatever He says to you, do it.’” John 2:5.
“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith.” Hebrews 12:2
Bring your eyes back to Him and do as He says. You’ll see His love again.
Pastor Rich Marshall