Read Proverbs 4:20-27
Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.
- Proverbs 4:25 (NRSV)
When I was a small boy, I wanted to learn to ride a bicycle. One of the happiest days of my life was when my older brother said he would teach me, using his bicycle. But I was shorter than he, and my feet did not reach the bike’s pedals when they were at the bottom. Finally, I managed to get out on the street, where my brother told me to always look ahead, not down at my feet. But I spent much of my time looking down, trying to keep my feet on the pedals. Not long after I began my ride, I tumbled into a roadside vendor, knocking her over and spilling her basket of water nuts. I learned the value of looking ahead!
Looking ahead is important also in our spiritual life. We can easily get stuck focusing on our inabilities, hindrances, and shortcomings both in our work and our personal lives. But the writer of Proverbs shows us the way out: “Let your eyes look directly forward.” Many times as I have lifted my head and focused on the Lord in prayer, I have been able to move on through the rugged times in my life.
I finally learned to ride a bicycle simply by looking ahead and knowing that the pedals would come up on their own to reach my feet. In the spiritual life we can do the same, trusting that what we need will come in time as we keep looking ahead, following Christ who leads us.
Claudius Kashi Tewari
(Uttar Pradesh, India)
Thought for the Day: Our focus determines whether we are moving closer to God or farther away.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to focus on your way as we make our spiritual journey. Do not allow us to fall on the roadside. Keep us alert, always with our eyes looking forward. Amen.
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