What am I going to focus on?
What I think I lack OR the abundant blessings of God? The frustrations I have in any given day OR the gift of having a today? My dislike of doing dishes OR my joy in having a family to care for and that we have food to eat? Fears of distant, powerful human leaders OR confidence in All-Powerful God, who calls me His friend? My sin and failure OR the cross, where I was forgiven?If I focus on ugly things, places of lack, scary monsters in the dark, I only magnify chaos and it is plenty big enough already. Madeleine L'Engle wrote, "As far as I can see, the reproduction of chaos is neither art, nor is it Christian." Chaos needs no agent, no storyteller, and it certainly needs no photographer . . . except for the times when beauty is brought out of ashes or when a smiling face shines, impossible, out of deep, dark, suffering.
"Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise." Philippians 4:8 NLTWhat am I trying to capture? HIM! HE is true! HE is honorable! HE is right, and pure and lovely! HE is absolutely admirable, excellent in every way and constantly worthy of praise! What speaks to my heart of God in the scene in front of me? Let me focus on that very thing! But not for its own sake, lest it distract me and become an idol. In the big picture and in every tiny detail, I want to see and notice and know HIM. C. S. Lewis wrote, "all ground is holy and every bush (could we but perceive it) a Burning Bush." Whether it is through an actual photograph or through the pictures my spirit takes that capture Godlight (another Lewis term) in my experience, I can know Him and make Him known. Tell me some of your favorite things to set as focal points--the true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy things that speak to you of all that He is! Where will you fix your thoughts today?