Today I got out of bed and decided to wear my eyeglasses instead of my contact lenses…
And I hate them.
My boss was shocked when I walked into work wearing my eyeglasses. He said he’s hardly ever seen me wear them. Well, there’s a reason for that. I forgot how uncomfortable they are, and I don’t really like how I look in them. And it’s so weird, because I feel like I can see things much more clearly when I wear my contacts, even though my glasses and contacts are the same prescription. Also, my eyes feel so tired today because I’m not used to so much oxygen hitting them. But what I dislike most about wearing my glasses is that I can see my eyeglass frames, and if I look up, down, or to either side, the world is SO blurry.
If I want to make sure I don’t bump into things, I have to make sure my eyes are focused on what’s in front of me. I can’t get distracted by the blurriness surrounding me or things could get pretty… painful (BANG! CRASH!!!). Likewise, if we don’t keep our eyes focused on Jesus, things also won’t turn out so well.
Think about Peter in Matthew 14:28-31 who, after having taken his focus off of Jesus (and doubting Him), began to sink into the water. After saving him, Jesus said “You who have so little faith, why did you doubt?”
Or, if you’d rather, think about Martha, who became so distracted with the meal she was preparing for Jesus that she missed out on what He was teaching. Jesus said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:38-42).
Hebrews 12:2 says, fixing our attention on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of the faith, who, in view of the joy set before him, endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
The devil wants to distract us, but let’s make sure we keep our faith, our eyes, and our attentive ears on Jesus. It’s common, especially in this season, to get so distracted by our To-Do lists that we don’t take time to listen to what Jesus is trying to teach us. Let’s commit ourselves during this Christmas season (and moving forward) to really keep our eyes and hearts focused. We don’t have to try and perform for Jesus like Martha did. Let’s just sit at His feet and listen like Mary.
Erin Culleny serves as a Marketing Assistant and Staff Writer. She loves encouraging women through her Victory Calls and finds such joy in praying for her sisters in Christ. Her favorite activities include reading her Bible, encouraging others with scripture, buying new makeup, buying dresses, and eating at the Cheesecake Factory… In that order!