Take a Beat

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Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. Psalm 34:5

It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life and with the approaching holiday season, that is even more so.

Planning family gatherings, gift buying, food preparations, office Christmas parties, trips to the mall… and then there is the traffic.

Sometimes the approaching holidays bring a more somber mood because the holidays do not hold fond memories, or there is tension in the family that everyone wants to pretend is not there or dreads because it can’t be avoided.

With all that vies for our time and attention, Jesus can be pushed further and further from our central vision and life takes on an earth-bound perspective.

When this happens we have to take a beat. Mentally stop and look up and call to mind Jesus.  Take a few moments to meditate on Him: His presence, His purpose, His power, His love, His grace, His sovereignty, His mercy, His mission.

Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.[i] The ESV study note says in this verse – ashamed means “disappointed at not finding what was hoped for.”[ii] So in other words, when we look to Him we will not be disappointed.

So take a beat.  Pause. Close your eyes and see Him.  Your earth-bound perspective will dissipate and a heaven-bound perspective will fill your soul.

Blessings,

Diane

[i] Psalm 34:5

[ii] ESV Study Bible, note Psalm 34:4-7, Page 978

Festive couple smiling and looking upDiane Hunt serves part-time on the staff of America’s Keswick providing ministry support from her home in North Carolina. She is also a biblical counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event, please contact her at dhunt@americaskeswick.org

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