give us Your eyes

"For since the creation of the world, God's invisible qualities - His eternal power and divine nature - have been CLEARLY seen, being understood from what [He] has made, so that all men are without excuse." Romans 1:20 (NIV) ~ In other words, we have no excuse NOT to believe in Christ, for His glory can clearly be seen through His creation, if only we learn to see creation with HIS eyes...

I know what you're thinking. Yeah, all this "redemption" stuff sounds great, but where do I even begin? How can I possibly bring Christ into my life? Remember these words: it starts with the mind. If you want a relationship with the Lord, you need to start changing the way you see the world. With all the violence and destruction that exists in our world today, it is quite easy to generalize the world as "bad." Stop right there; take a look at this. "God saw all that He had made, and it was very good." Genesis 1:31 (NIV). To God, the world is not bad; it is good. And not only is it good - it is VERY good. The same goes for ourselves. When we look in the mirror, we immediately think of the external and internal attributes that we would like to change about ourselves. We immediately seek out the "bad." Yet Jesus turns our faces toward Him, looks directly in our eyes, and says, "You are not only good. You are VERY good. And there's nothing I would change about you. You are my beloved."

If you want a relationship with the Lord, you need to start seeing as Jesus sees. A friend of mine came to me once and said, "Haley, I want to try out this whole God thing, but I just don't feel Him. I can't see Him anywhere in this crazy world we live in." The reality is that Jesus is everywhere. Jesus is the friend who drops everything she is doing to comfort you on difficult days. Jesus is the teacher who spends hours with you after school helping you with your homework. Jesus is the doctor who takes care of you in the hospital when you are sick. Jesus is friend, teacher, and healer. Whether you realize it or not, Jesus is present in all times, all places, and all people. One of my favorite quotes is, "God has no hands and feet in this world but ours." Christ is as present in this world as much as we share Him with this world. It's really up to us to let "everything that has breath [to] praise the Lord." Psalm 150:6 (NIV). We must be His hands and feet. We must let His glory reign. Let Him use YOU to redeem the world.

The first step to establishing a relationship with God is changing the way you see the world. Stop seeing the world and its people as simply "bad," and instead realize that God declared all He had made to be VERY good. Sure, this world is full of crazy people who do some pretty evil things...but what we must realize is that in God's eyes, we are all His children, and although our actions may often prove to be evil, we are still beautiful, inherently good, and worthy of forgiveness. We must begin to see other people the same way that God sees other people. Another one of my favorite quotes is "See Christ in everyone you meet." See Christ is that friend, that teacher, that doctor. Seek the Jesus that is inside of us all. Seek the goodness that is inside each person.

My prayer for you today is that you begin to change the way you see this world. Focus less on the mistakes we make in life, more on the miracles of the Christ...less on the evil that exists, more on the Father's love that persists. God, let us see all things in the way that You do.

Song of the week: "Give Me Your Eyes" by Brandon Heath
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5AkNqLuVgY

Pictured: My beautiful best friend Lauren Baskett
(Photo credit to Alizah Wilson)

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