I think most of us struggle with keeping our eyes on Christ. Its soo easy to get consumed with our own wants, needs, anxieties, problems etc. but if we have our eyes on Christ we won't notice these things. I struggle with taking each and every word some one speaks to me and analyze it and try to figure out whether or not they like me or dislike me. If I feel they don't like me I will then start shutting down, when I start shutting down I stop talking, and sit and have a pity party for myself.. When truly I don't really know their intentions, only the Lord knows.. So when I concentrate on how they are treating me and take things personal I have my eyes on myself and not on Christ, if I shut down when my feeling are hurt how am I supposed to be Christ like and die to self and continue to serve and Love someone?
(I hope I am making since)
Fair or not fair. Equal or unequal. Just or unjust. We can tend to weigh it all. And if were not careful, our view of the world can become distorted. Every little word can take on a hidden meaning. Each action can turn into a personal attack.
"I do all the work," we mutter to ourselves.
"How dare they treat me like that?"
These thoughts can easily outweigh everything good in our lives. Because when we look for injustice, we usually find it. And when we expect life to always be fair, we inevitably set ourselves up for a big disappointment.
When I start feeling that things are unfair, I take a step back and think about when Christ became man. I think of all the unfair things that happened to him. He NEVER complained.. He died to self , and died for all of us nasty, disgusting sinners..
Too be continued :)
Some Verses To Think On
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. John 12:24
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2
And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. Luke 9:23
Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God. 1 Peter 4:1-2
And if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. Romans 8:17
And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. Luke 9:23-24
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us Romans 8:18
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, Galatians 5:22