Netflixmas It’s a Wonderful Life
Have you ever been standing so close to a picture that you can’t see the image of the picture? It’s not until you step back and get the big picture that you can see the image. Maybe it’s that way in some areas of your life. You focus so much on work that you miss how your absence affects your family. Or you focus so much on yourself that you can’t see or don’t know the struggles that your spouse or children or family members are going through. Or you focus so much on past hurts that you can’t see God’s blessing in your life right now. God wants us to step back and get the big picture of his son, Jesus.

Scriptures
Hebrews 12:1-2; James 4:13-15; Isaiah 41:10; Matthew 6:31-33; Psalm 34:17-19

Verse
And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. (Hebrews 12:1-2)

Thought
Who you fix your eyes on will determine your path. The author of Hebrews encourages the reader to realize his/her journey with Christ is a long endurance run not a sprint. It will take a slow steady pace with your eyes fixed on Him. That’s where many Christians stumble. They have fixed their eyes on the wrong things. They are constantly telling God how big their problems are instead of telling their problems how big their God is.

Questions
What are your eyes fixed on? When it comes to your future, your fears, your finances, and your failures where is God the Father? Is he in the middle of those things helping you walk through them or is he on the outside looking in?

Response
Take time today to once again refocus your spiritual eyes on Jesus. Write down your top three struggles and ask God to be in the middle of them.

Prayer
Lord, it’s so easy to get caught up in the trials of life and lose focus. Help me today to take time to invite you into the middle of all my struggles and turn my gaze toward you.